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Ranching as a Conservation Strategy - Can Old Ranchers Save the New West?

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Working ranches are often promoted as means of private rangeland conservation because they can safeguard ecosystem services, protect open space, and maintain traditional ranching culture.

 

Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released the 2013 Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard – the guiding document for implementing nutrient management plans for Iowa farmers.

 

Drafting Conservation Easements

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Drafting the conservation easement influences everything about the protected property after the easement’s grant: it guides the landowner’s use of the protected property, it guides Land Trust’s monitoring and stewardship of the property, and it guides Land Trusts enforcement of the conservation easement against the original landowner and all future landowners, forever.

 

Guide for Selection of Conservation Practices to Support Organic Operations Matrix

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To help provide better understanding of how EQIP and NOP (National Organic Program) work together to help organic producers, this guide compares the NOP requirements, OSP (Organic System Plan), and organic certification with benefits of EQIP-funded conservation practices.

 

FAQ - Conservation Planning with Transitioning to Organic Producers - Guidelines for NRCS Field Conservationists

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Gives NOP and NRCS definitions of organic-related terms, answers questions about the Initiative, CAP 138 and more.

 

Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse in Utah

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Utah’s Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse is designed to protect high-quality habitat, enhance impaired habitat and restore converted habitat to support conservation and restoration of the portion of the greater sage-grouse population within the State.

 

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Public Lands Council Rancher Conservation Summit

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This is the speech I gave at the NCBA Rancher Conservation Summit in February, 2009.  It gives my perspective on how the internet can be an effective vehicle to bring the message of sucessful ranchland conservation to the public at large with no boundaries and no attached bias to promote ranching with rancher developed and reviewed conservation successes.

 

Uniform Conservation Easement Act (with 2007 Amendments)

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The Act enables durable restrictions and affirmative obligations to be attached to real property to protect natural and historic resources.

 

How to receive conservation assistance from NRCS

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Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease? NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.

 

Conservation Easement Reform: As Maine Goes Should the Nation Follow

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This article explores how the Reform Law has worked and whether it makes sense as a model for other states in response to weaknesses in their enabling laws.

 

Using the Conservation Tax Incentive

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This short brochure summarizes the conservation easement tax incentive and provides answers to some frequently asked questions. For the late ...

 

Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative

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The Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative was launched by WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov.

 

Cooperative Conservation - Determinants of Landowner Engagement in Conserving Endangered Species

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This paper analyzes surveys of private landowners to identify factors that determine landowner engagement in the conservation of endangered species.

 

Amending or Terminating Conservation Easements: The New Hampshire Experience

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Since their release in 2010, the Guidelines have been useful to the land trust community and to the New Hampshire Attorney General in facilitating a thorough and efficient review of proposed amendments to, as well as partial extinguishments of, conservation easements.

 

Enforcing Perpetual Conservation Easements Against Third-Party Violators

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Among the most daunting challenges the holder of a perpetual conservation easement faces is the enforcement of the easements it holds, for all time, and against all violators.& ...

 

State Tax Credit Summary

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The Conservation Resource Center has assembled a report to assess the effectiveness of state income tax credits for the donation of conservation easements.

 

Understanding When Perpetual Is Not Forever: An Update To The Challenge Of Changing Conditions, Amendment, And Termination Of Perpetual Conservation Easements, And Response To Ann Taylor Schwing

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Rarely in the legal discourse is an author afforded the opportunity to revisit and update a recently published law review article and to correct misunderstandings of a response thereto.

 

Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands

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The purpose of our Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands effort is to catalyze proactive, voluntary, and community-led sagebrush rangeland conservation – expanding success across private and public lands.

 

Perpetuity is Forever, Almost Always: Why It Is Wrong To Promote Amendment and Termination of Perpetual Conservation Easements

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When a landowner makes a charitable gift of a conservation easement to a nonprofit organization or government entity and elects to seek a federal tax deduction, both landowner and easement holder are subject to federal tax laws and regulations governing the creation, monitoring, amendment, and extinguishment of the easement.

 

Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon - A Plan to Maintain and Enhance Populations and Habitat

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Plan describes Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s management of greater sage-grouse and provides guidance to public land management agencies and land managers for sage-grouse conservation.

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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.

 

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