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American Chestnut Restoration
Using new technologies and a strong partnership, blight resistant strains of American Chestnut are being used to restore the tree to its former range.

American Fork Canyon Home Rivers Project
Trout Unlimited, a third party “Good Samaritan,” will restore abandoned mines on private property to improve trout habitat in American Fork Canyon.

Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Woods Initiative
The AMC's Maine Woods Initiative is a strategy for land conservation that integrates habitat protection, recreation, education, and sustainable forestry in the 100-Mile Wilderness region of Maine.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Eighty year-old public/private partnership manages the 2,175 mile-long Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.

Arkansas Conservation Partnership
The partnership is a unique force, combining the strengths of federal, state and local organizations along with educational institutions, to help preserve and protect The Natural State.

Arnold Air Force Base Conservation Core Team
A Conservation Core Team initiated by Arnold AFB is helping restore and protect listed species and important habitat on Tennessee’s southeastern Highland Rim.

Asian Long-horned Beetle Eradication
A coordinated effort among agencies and citizens to control the spread of the Asian Long-horned Beetle and restore infested areas with tree plantings.

Bahia Acquisition and Wetland Restoration Project
Project to permanently protect a 632-acre property consisting of unique native oak woodlands and diked/filled wetlands and to restore significant acreage of tidal wetlands.

Bighorn Sheep Restoration in North America
Through research, habitat enhancements, and translocations, bighorn sheep have been restored to much of their native range. Their numbers have been increased from below 50,000 to over 200,000.

Bob Long Safe Harbor
Recovery of the Houston toad by providing safe harbor assurances and incentives to private landowners for their participation in habitat restoration and enhancement

Bridger-Teton National Forest Plan Revision
The BTNF is starting its Plan Revision process under the 2005 NFMA Planning Rule, relying on public collaboration to produce a sound strategy to guide the BTNF's contribution to sustainability.

Building Collaborative Stewardship, North Fork Crooked River
Project is a model for future efforts as partners work together to forestall lawsuits and establish improvements on private land as well as Federal.

Calapooia River, Improving Water Quality and Aquatic Habitat
Assessing riparian function and water quality in agricultural and forestry settings to promote natural resource management to improve water quality and aquatic habitat in the Calapooia River.

California Tribal Partnerships
A unique blend of traditional Native American practices and today’s science preserves native customs and contributes to forest health.

Callaway Conservation
The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation protected 2,507 acres of forest. Forest restoration, education and recreation activities continue under the terms of the conservation easement.

Calumet Initiative
A coalition working to revitalize both the Rustbelt economy and the significant ecological riches of Calumet.

Cascade Streamwatch Project
Cascade Streamwatch is a collaborative educational outdoor site for teaching and expanding public understanding of healthy watersheds and fisheries.

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project
A diverse partnership has built a full-scale cedar plankhouse to interpret the rich natural and cultural heritage preserved on Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Central Oregon Partnership for Wildfire Risk Reduction
The Central Oregon Partnership is using small tree harvests as a tool to foster health forest health and build new forest-biomass industries.

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Conservation
Regional partnership works with farmers to improve agricultural practices and improve water quality within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Chicago Wilderness
An unprecedented partnership of 182 public and private organizations working to protect, restore and manage the biological diversity of the Chicago region.

Community Floodplain Buyout Partnership
Missouri watershed project used to buyout more than 100 frequently flooded residences and businesses in Piedmont. In their place are a park and a hiking trail.

Community-Based Monitoring
The Chewaucan Biophysical Monitoring Project (CBMP) was born out of the combined efforts of environmental organizations, government agencies and, most of all, concerned community members.

Compatible Use Buffer Program
Florida agencies and groups worked with Camp Blanding to create buffer zones to stem Base encroachment and provide open space for conservation.

Conserving the Truckee River Canyon
Mission is to implement local public-private collaborative solutions to protect and improve water quality and biological resources for the Truckee River watershed.

Cool Springs, NC
Over 2,500 of diverse forested wetland acres, located along the Neuse River floodplain and owned by forest industry, will remain forested forever.

Cooperative Conservation in Louisiana
Partnership seeks to restore thousands of acres of black bear, waterfowl and songbird habitat throughout Louisiana’s “hardwood rain forest”.

Cooperative Sagebrush Steppe Restoration Initiative
Conservation groups work together to restore sagebrush ecosystems through the removal of invasive western juniper and adaptive management techniques.

Creeks & Communities
Federal-level, interagency strategy designed to foster and support grassroots action across the landscape for stewardship of wetlands and riparian areas.

Culebra Range Community Coalition
The Coalition works with a broad base of community partners to restore forest health, improve wildlife habitat, reduce risk of unnatural fire, and facilitate small diameter timber based businesses.

Diablo Trust IMfoS (Integrated Monitoring for Sustainability) Project
The IMfoS Project involves the design and implementation, with stakeholder input, of an integrated monitoring tool to evaluate the sustainability of community-based collaborative management.

Diablo Trust/Diablo Canyon Rural Planning Area
With a goal to provide a model for other rural communities across Arizona, and the West, the project has produced innovative planning methods to help protect the economic value of ranchlands.

Dolores River Dialogue
The Dialogue is a consensus building effort to improve the flows on the Dolores River in Colorado below the McPhee Dam.

Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership
The Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership secured a 27,000-acre community forest and a 312,000-acre conservation easement to sustain a rural economy.

Elk City Township Defensible Space Project
Treating vegetative growth on federally managed land near homes and facilities. This action will reduce the potential and intensity of wildfire.

Enlisting Private Landowners and the Army for Endangered Species
Safe Harbor Agreements and compatible use buffers used on and off Army bases contribute to recovery of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Evolution of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC)
Maui Invasive Species Committee, an informal private-county-state-federal partnership, works to prevent serious alien plant and animal invasions threatening Haleakala National Park.

Family Forest Habitat Conservation Plan
The FFHCP is a community effort in collaboration with USFWS to develop viable long term forest management plans for family forest owners.

FireWise Communities
FireWise Communities is a national initiative helping communities and their residents design, build, and maintain fire resistant properties.

Forest For Every Classroom
A Forest For Every Classroom partnership created a stewardship program to build capacity in teachers. They learn about teaching place, forests, ecology, and using public lands as outdoor classroom.

Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership
The Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership is a dynamic partnership of federal, state and local governments, land-management agencies, private landowners, conservation organizations and others.

GeoMAC provides the public and wildland fire managers Internet access to interactive maps with current wildland fire locations and perimeters.

Grand County / BLM Recreation Partnerships
Through county and agency agreements, the BLM Sand Flats Recreation Area and the Moab Information Center are managed by non-federal partners.

Great Lakes “Coaster” Brook Trout Restoration
Collaboration among federal and state governments, tribes, and private organizations to help bring the Coaster brook trout back to Lake Superior.

Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership
The Partnership works collaboratively in the Flagstaff region to restore native ecosystems, protect communities from destructive wildfire, and enhance economic opportunities for community enterprises.

Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP)
A partnership to protect and manage exceptional biodiversity across the GCPEP landscape, while remaining consistent with the partner’s individual and diverse missions.

Hells Canyon Initiative
Following a dramatic, disease-caused, die-off, NGO, tribal, state, and federal partners worked cooperatively to restore wild sheep to Hells Canyon.

Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Pilot Project
The Quincy Library Group created a model for forest governance by making the community and community goals a central part of forest management.

Houston Toad Recovery
Recovery of the Houston toad by providing safe harbor assurances and incentives to private landowners for their participation in habitat restoration and enhancement.

Indiana Master Naturalist Program
Brings together specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana's natural resources and promote volunteer service and conservation in local communities.

Integrating Desert Conservation, Visitor Services, and Public Safety
Key government agencies created the California Desert Managers Group to coordinate conservation, recreation, research and other activities at a landscape scale.

Joliet Army Ammunition Plant
Private, county, state, and federal entities implement the Joliet Arsenal Citizens Planning Commission’s balanced redevelopment plan for the closed 23,000-acre arsenal.

Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan
The Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan (JCIFP) addresses wildfire risk and opportunities for public education, fuels reduction and emergency management in southwest Oregon.

Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan
HCP encourages voluntary creation and management of endangered Karner blue butterfly habitat on private lands through incentives and support.

Keizer Rapids Regional Community Park
The Keizer Rapids Park demonstrates how the Willamette American Heritage Rivers Initiative works with local partners to provide leverage for projects and build community capacity.

Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative
Public and private forest managers, with the conservation group Sand County Foundation, created the voluntary Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative to restore a healthy forest ecosystem.

Lakeface Lamb and Clearwater Stewardship Projects
Stewardship contracts engage local communities in collaborative forest management and help National Forests meet their forest restoration goals.

Land Conservation Works in Augusta, Georgia
Through partnerships with governmental, private, corporate, and non-profit orgs, this partnership is building a successful land conservation movement in Augusta, GA

LANDFIRE is a multi-organization partnership to identify and prioritize areas for, and improve coordination on, hazardous fuel reduction.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Partnerships
A collaboration between the Forest Service and partners makes possible a wide range of interpretive and educational operations at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

Longleaf Pine and Oak Planting Projects
Partnership involves expansion of a longleaf pine woodland in an urban area and reforestation of a former bottomland hardwood forest.

Longleaf Pine and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Recovery
Partners at Fort Benning are working to expand longleaf pine stands to all upland pine sites and increase Red Cockaded Woodpecker breeding groups to 350.

Malpai Borderlands Partnership
The rancher-led partnership is protecting privately-owned land and working landscapes through easements, grass-banking and habitat restoration.

McKenzie Creek Watershed Project
The project consists of voluntary acquisition of frequently flooded properties in the City of Piedmont and development of a habitat enhancing greenway.

Middle Mississippi River Wetland Restoration
Since the Great Flood of 1993 American Land Conservancy has been helping restore bottomland hardwood habitat, sidechannels and wetlands from St. Louis to Cairo, IL.

Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Addressing the threats of non-native invasive plants to the Midwest by providing leadership, facilitating information development and exchange, and coordinating regional efforts.

Montana Water Trust
MWT develops water transfer agreements with farmers, ranchers, and other landowners that increase flows and benefit native fish in Montana’s 4,000 miles of dewatered streams.

Mountain Plover Conservation Efforts in Colorado
Several organizations partnered together to conduct research on over 300,000 acres of farm land in Colorado. Due to cooperative efforts, the plover was not listed as an Endangered Species.

Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium
A consortium of federal agencies produced a comprehensive spatial database for user-specified mapping of 21 types of land cover anywhere in the U.S.

Nez Perce Reforestation
This project planted native trees as part of AMERICAN FORESTS’ Global ReLeaf program to reforest burned areas in Nez Perce Woods Property.

Nicatous Lake Project
Conserving, in perpetuity, economic, ecological, and recreational values to ensure ongoing benefits of sustainable forestry, water quality, wildlife, and recreational pursuits.

Northeast Florida Islands Initiative Project
Innovative cooperative agreements, strategic land acquisition, and effective management strategies to conserve and create the largest urban park system in the nation.

Northwest Florida Greenway Project
Military, government and nonprofit organizations partner to protect the Panhandle’s unique natural resources, economy, and military flyways.

NRCS, State, Private, Tribal Partnership
Public-Private-NGO: to Restore Salmon Habitat in the Blue Mountains of the Pacific Northwest

NYC Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
New York City, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), agricultural producers, and others address non-point source pollution through voluntary programs that protect stream corridors and working land.

Okhissa Lake
Building an earthen dam for a 1,000-acre lake for water and land recreation.

Olaa-Kilauea - Building Bridges by Building Fences
The partnership uses inmate labor to build fences and conduct other conservation activities.

Onslow Bight Conservation Forum
Regional collaboration across 9 counties on the Atlantic coastal plain to conserve saltwater marshes, long leaf savannahs, estuaries, wetlands, and pocosins.

Oregon White Oak Restoration
Students and neighbors plant seven Oregon white oaks as pilot restoration project aimed at keeping oak habitat in the neighborhood.

Pacific Northwest Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
The Pacific Northwest CREP works with farmers to voluntarily establish and maintain long-term riparian buffers on agricultural lands to help protect critical salmon and trout habitat.

Paradis Mitigation Bank
After more than seven decades of energy production for the Nation, the 7100-acre Paradis Mitigation Bank will protect, restore and enhance wetland functions and values of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Participatory Biological Monitoring Guidelines
The “Participatory Biological Monitoring Guidelines” project helps managers and scientists form local partnerships to meet biological monitoring needs while maintaining scientific standards.

Pathfinder Project
The Pathfinder Project is a pilot program that through its involvement with an array of stakeholders works to define a process to provide for water management on National Forest lands in Colorado.

Pathfinder Project on the Colorado “GMUG” National Forests
Pathfinders developed 27 strategies to achieve instream flows without imposing federal restrictions on water diversions in 3 Colorado National Forests.

Pine Mountain Georgia
The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation Preserve adjoins Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park with rare Montane Longleaf Pine. A conservation easement was sold to the State to maintain this land in forest use.

Pingree Forest Partnership
A landscape level conservation easement created to sustain working forests while protecting forest resources for wildlife, fisheries, migratory birds, and local economies.

Post Mountain Collaborative Stewardship
A collaborative project to develop and implement an ecologically, socially, and economically responsible community wildfire protection plan for the rural community of Post Mountain

Protecting Fish Habitat in SC
A powerful coalition of private citizens and federal, state, and local agencies, is restoring South Carolina's rare trout waters.

Puget Sound Shared Strategy
Using local conservation efforts already underway, the Shared Strategy is a ground-up approach to the development of a science-based, locally supported salmon recovery plan for Puget Sound.

Quabbin to Cardigan Collaborative
The Quabbin to Cardigan Collaborative is a multi-state, public/private effort to protect and connect large unfragmented forests in the Monadnock Highlands of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Ragg Station Trail Restoration Project
An integrated crew made up of the Montana Conservation Corps, Nez Perce National Forest, Framing Our Community, and Nez Perce Tribal employees.

Regional Restoration Initiative
The Longleaf Alliance serves as a clearinghouse for information on pine forests and as a catalyst for activities among its various partners in this effort.

Restoring Shaded Coffee Plantations in Puerto Rico
Project provides incentives and assistance to coffee growers to return “sun” coffee plantations to shade, improving environment and wildlife habitat.

Restoring the Deschutes River
The Deschutes River Conservancy works with farmers, communities, agencies, and various organizations to voluntarily restore the Deschutes River.

Return of the Wild Turkey in North America
The National Wild Turkey Federation worked with its partners to restore wild turkeys to all suitable habitat across North America.

Rich County Wildlife Habitat Conservation
The partnership will improve 24,000 acres of shrubsteppe habitat and collect pre- and post-treatment response data for vegetation and wildlife.

Roanoke Island Festival Park, NC Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Protection Project
Using effective partnerships, we restored 5-acres of marsh, seagrass, oysters, and maritime forest, opening new doors of cooperation between agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Skagit Watershed Council: A Community Partnership for Salmon
Using a large and diverse membership, the Skagit Watershed Council has provided a successful forum for a collaborative and strategic approach to salmon habitat restoration and protection.

Southeastern New Mexico Working Group
Goal: To create a conservation strategy for the lesser prairie chicken and the sand dune lizard that will lessen the need for federal protection while allowing for ranching and oil & gas development.

Southern Appalachian Elk Restoration
Restoration of elk to its historic eastern range is underway in the southern Appalachians, with elk populations in Kentucky now exceeding 5,550.

Southern Nevada Lands Partnership
Multi-agency and community partnerships conserve and steward “outside Las Vegas” using innovative funding and legislative authorities.

Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative
The Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative is a cooperative conservation program to allow willing landowners to sell inholdings along salmon rivers for conservation and public access purposes.

Southwestern Fire Learning Network
Project goal is to accelerate restoration of fire-adapted ecosystems on private & public lands through applied science, coordination and collaboration.

St. Joe
The Trust for Public Land is involved in a significant project to acquire conservation easements on roughly 80,000 acres along the St. Joe River in northern Idaho.

Stearns Farm Stream Restoration Project
This project is the restoration of an urban stream channel into a fully functioning headwater stream. This stream flows into Big Creek, the 3rd largest tributary to the Cuyahoga River.

Sun River Watershed
A watershed project established in 1996, that benefits all water users in the Sun River Basin

Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Restoration
The Friends of Supawna Meadows NWR are cooperating with partners to control invasive plants on the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Swan Valley
The Trust for Public Land is involved in a significant collaborative partnership to achieve landscape-scale conservation in the Swan River Valley of northwestern Montana.

Tapoco Hydroelectric Project
Historic legislation passed in October 2004 allowed relicensing of four Alcoa hydroelectric dams in Tennessee and North Carolina and advanced the protection of nearly 10,000 acres of wilderness lands.

The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve
The Irvine Company and partners created a 50,000 acre urban reserve for education, recreation, and conservation, a model for sustainable development.

Thirteen Mile Woods
Conservation of 5,316 acres in northern New Hampshire acquired for working forests land conservation and public recreation.

Thompson - Fisher
This project purchased a conservation easement to prevent subdivision and development on 142,000 acres of working forestland in the Thompson River and Fisher River valleys of northwestern Montana.

Thunderbird/Tajique Landscape Projects
Two landscape-scale projects with large partnerships are working to reduce fire hazard, improve forest health, and create jobs for community sustainability.

Trout Pond
The Trust for Public Land and its partners created a 2,660-acre community forest in Freedom, New Hampshire.

Uncompahgre Plateau Project
“UP” is a collaborative agency/community-based effort to restore the wildlife, native plants and natural ecological functions of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Unique Partnership Impacts Wetland and Stream Health
The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams implements projects to restore and protect habitat and water quality in Kansas wetlands, streams, and riparian areas.

Upper Klamath Basin Working Group
A community stakeholder group created by Senator Mark O. Hatfield in 1996 to develop consensus solutions to complex agricultural and endangered species issues associated with water allocations.

Upper Snake River Land Conservation Project
The combined efforts of BLM, local landowners, and conservation organizations has conserved more than 14,000 acres of private land along Idaho's upper Snake River.

USDA, NRCS Partners with U.S. Army in New Jersey
Fort Dix and USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service have partnered for eight years to protect water quality at an active military training base.

Vermont Family Forests Community Forests Project
The Vermont Family Forests Partnership has created The Little Hogback Community Forest LLC, made up of 16 area residents who will collectively own and manage a 115-acre, conserved forest in VT.

Vulcan Materials Company Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Wildlife team creates a nature center on mountain preserve providing students in Birmingham the opportunity to reach new educational heights.

West Branch Project, Maine
To conserve the largest contiguous tract of land ever protected in Maine – 329,000 acres through a public-private partnership.

Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP)
Western Regional Air Partnership produces technical analyses, policies, and integrated, consensus solutions for addressing regional haze in the West.

White Mountain Apache Tribe
The White Mountain Apache Tribe has created innovative strategies for balancing economic development and resource conservation.

White Mountain Stewardship Project
A 10-year stewardship contract was awarded to thin 150,000 acres of forest to protect communities from wildfire and stimulate wood industry.

Wildlife Habitat Registry
To provide a web mapping tool to facilitate collaboration among wildlife biologist in federal, state, and tribal agencies and among NGO's involved in wildlife habitat projects.

Willamette River Water Trail
The Willamette River Water Trail is a community-driven partnership effort that illustrates what can be achieved when local communities work together towards a common goal.

Willapa Bay Cooperative Restoration Effort
Project partners are cooperatively managing forests across ownership boundaries to maintain the rich biological legacies remaining within this area of southwest Washington.

Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc.
As an American Heritage Rivers “Keystone” projects for Louisiana, Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc. is uniting the river communities of Orleans and Plaquemines Parish with a series of greenways.