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Land Preservation - An Essential Ingredient in Smart Growth

ABSTRACT  The preservation of land for working rural landscapes, wildlife habitat, urban parks, recreational trails, and protecting water supplies and floodplains is emerging as an integral component of smart growth programs.


Trends in Amphibian Occupancy in the United States

Though a third of amphibian species worldwide are thought to be imperiled, existing assessments simply categorize extinction risk, providing little information on the rate of population losses.


Financial Assistance for Wildlife Habitat

Summarizes opportunities in Arkansas for tax incentives, loans, grants, land retirement and easements, and cost-share programs for conservation management - from state, federal, and nonprofit sources.


Payments for Forest Carbon

Payments for forest carbon sequestration are an emerging opportunity for small forest owners to earn additional income, and in turn to sustain both the economic and ecological values of the Northern Forest.


The Importance of Land Trusts to Forestry

Almost everyone in forestry has heard of land trusts since they have become a common fixture especially in areas that are rapidly urbanizing.


Protecting Bees from Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Your Garden

Brochure defines Neonicotinoids and summarizes detrimental effects on bees.


Managing working lands for northern bobwhite - the USDA NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project



State of the Land 2006, A brief inventory of public and private land in the United States

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Quoted from an essay by Thoreau lamenting the way in which modern urban life has made natural resources into commodities and isolated people from the natural processes on which their lives depended.


Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities

Many rural communities are facing challenges, including rapid growth at metropolitan edges, declining rural populations, and loss of working lands.


Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due - Increasing Landowner Compensation for Ecosystem Services

This report provides an overview of existing payment programs and markets, and discusses the concepts of bundling and stacking, offer policy recommendations, and provides examples of current efforts to more effectively integrate payment opportunities for landowners.


How a Conservation Easement Works - Sample example of conservation easement

A simple example illustrates how a conservation easement works in practice. Let’s assume pressure from buyers building vacation homes has pushed the value of land up in recent years to the point where the family is concerned about how the next generation will pay the estate tax bill without selling the land.


Amending Conservation Easements

How to can a land trust official identify and comply with legal restraints to amendment? How can necessary flexibility be built into the easement document?  Can a conservation easement be terminated? This paper reflects the earnest desire of an ardent conservationist to take full advantage of opportunities for flexibility that can be found within the law, recognizing that the needs of land ownership and the land itself, are by their nature subject to continual change.


Conservation Grazing - An Opportunity for Land Trusts and Conservation Organizations

This report lays out some of the issues associated with the decision to graze domestic livestock on conservation lands, and highlights grazing as a conservation tool.


Use of Conservation Easements in Estate and Conservation Planning

Under many circumstances, the donation of a conservation easement or sale of such easement for less than fair market value may give income tax, estate tax, and real property tax benefits to the donor or seller.


Using Existing Tools to Expand Cooperative Conservation for Candidate Species Across Federal and Non-Federal Lands

For many years the Service has worked with partners to help them develop Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs). CCAs primarily have been developed by Federal agencies to cover Federal lands, and several have resulted in conservation efforts that made listing unnecessary.


Record Enrollment in Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat Conservation Programs

Private landowners have stepped up to the plate and enrolled an unprecedented amount of acres in conservation programs to conserve and restore Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.


Land Preservation - An Essential Ingredient in Smart Growth

The preservation of land for working rural landscapes, wildlife habitat, urban parks, recreational trails, and protecting water supplies and floodplains is emerging as an integral component of smart growth programs.


Report Reveals Success of Conservation Compliance in Protecting Soils and Wetlands

Conservation Compliance: A 25-Year Legacy of Stewardship explains how conservation compliance, which has historically required farmers to implement conservation measures in return for federally funded farm support, helped save millions of wetland acres while keeping billions of tons of soil on farms.


Beyond Easements: Broader Approaches for Greater Conservation Outcomes

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS CAN PROTECT thousands of acres of valuable and vulnerable lands from development. However, why stop there?  ...


Economic Impacts of Minnesota Conservation Partners

Conservation programs impact local economies with changes in production, recreation, jobs, taxes, and spending. This analysis was conducted using Impact Analysis for Planning (IMPLAN) software to estimate these impacts on the state’s economy attributable to the funds spend by the conservation partners.

Search our Partner Database of Conservation Success Stories

Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat is Cooperative Conservation America? CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories, lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices - a cumulative and evolving database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America's lands, waters, and wildlife.


View a sampling of Success stories