PLN News: August 2015

About the Private Landowner Network

Resources First Foundation hired Alexandra Serra as our new Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Strategic Planning, and Partnerships.

"I am very excited to be a part of the team as RFF positions itself to further the conservation conversation at local and global levels," Sera said.

Read the press release here.

Honoring America's First Forester on His 150th Birthday

Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Photo: Rachel Sandwick.

We at Resources First could not be more proud to honor Gifford Pinchot, a relative of, and inspiration for, the two Amos' working here, on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

However, we could not have written anything better than this article by James G. Lewis of the Forest History Society, which we strongly encourage everyone to read.

Sage Grouse Blog

"Thanks to a highly successful public-private partnership spanning more than two decades, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced [May 20] that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened and endangered species under the ESA."

Read the press release here.

USDA Invests $63 Million to Support 264 Renewable Energy Projects Nationwide

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak today announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Read the article here.

Keeping Local Farms and Food

The Woods Family Farm Conservation Easement on CR 225 in Evinston. Photo: Erica Brough/Gainesville Sun.

Often the views of aging rural farmers and younger urban dwellers don't intersect. But the importance of locally grown and raised foods is an issue on which they can agree.

Read the article here.

Legislative Victory in Texas

2015 Texas legislative session ends with victory for Texas' working lands. Photo: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

From the Texas Agricultural Land Trust: "HB 1925, authored by Representative Charlie Geren, will move the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). TPWD is well-suited to ensure that the program meets its purpose, which is to conserve Texas' farms and ranches that provide our state's critical natural resources." The program also received its first legislative appropriation of $2 million.

Photo: Trey Ratcliff

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What's the Difference Between a Forester and a Logger?

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