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Alternatives to Real Estate Development Deriving Financial Benefits from Conservation and Mitigation Projects in Virginia - a Lender's Collateral Concerns

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In the current economic environment, landowners previously contemplating development or sale of their real property are seeking alternative ways to generate cash flow from their real property assets.


Bird Conservation in Private Ponderosa Pine Forests

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), in cooperation with the American Forest Foundation, Forest Restoration Partnership, and several other partners, is working with private landowners to implement bird conservation  measures in ponderosa pine habitat throughout the western United States.


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

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.


Agricultural Conservation and the Next Farm Bill

Reauthorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 farm bill) failed to pass in the 112th Congress, leaving it to the 113th Congress to continue the farm bill debate.


Turning Conservation Easement Tax Credits Into Cash - What Should I Expect?

Once you have preserved your land with a conservation easement, you might be wondering exactly how you will turn the conservation easement income tax credits you received into cash.


Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse in Utah

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

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.


Guide for Selection of Conservation Practices to Support Organic Operations Matrix

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

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


Uniform Conservation Easement Act (with 2007 Amendments)

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


Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard

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

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.


Amending or Terminating Conservation Easements: The New Hampshire Experience

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

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.& ...


Conservation Easement Reform: As Maine Goes Should the Nation Follow

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.


How to receive conservation assistance from NRCS

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.


Using the Conservation Tax Incentive

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

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

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


Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America

Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. Not only do farmers, ranchers, and forest owners manage huge portions of American lands and watersheds, but rural voters also have an outsized impact on national policy.

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.


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