PLN News: March 2016

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Resources First Foundation Holds First State House Day

Resources First Foundation held its first-ever Hall of Flags event on March 29th at the Maine State House where we met many Maine State legislators, State House Staff and visitors! It was a great way for RFF to introduce our portfolio of products and our Staff to policy makers and others while sharing in stories of conservation, habitat protection and keeping working lands working!

Special thanks to Bancroft Landscaping, Misty Acres Alpaca Store & Farm and Bacon Farm Maple Products for your time, and sharing your products with us and everybody who stopped by!

The Making of Maple Syrup: Parts I & II

In March, Resources First Foundation's Amos P. Eno and Director of Melissa A. O'Neal twice visited Bacon Farm Maple Products in Sydney, ME to first learn from Kevin and Shelly Bacon how maple sugar was extracted from trees, and second to see it processed into the delicious syrup we all love.

Click to see Part I and Part II.

Working Lands for Wildlife: A WLA Webinar & Discussion

On April 13th, the Western Landowners Alliance will team with Tim Griffiths, the West Regional Coordinator of NRCS' Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program, along with other national and regional NRCS staff, to bring you a conversation around how federal funding and wildlife conservation programs can benefit working land operations and conserve declining species.

Register for the webinar here.

USDA Launches $41 Million Initiative to Improve Water Quality for Western Lake Erie Basin

Lake Erie, Northeast Ohio. Photo: Mark K.
WASHINGTON, March 28, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $41 million in a three-year initiative to support the work of farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).

The initiative helps farmers and ranchers implement science-based conservation measures to reduce runoff from farms entering the region's waterways.

Learn more here.

New Study Highlights Red Cedar's Impact on Prairie Chickens, Helps Improve Conservation Efforts

Prairie after redcedars are removed. Photo: NRCS.
A new study offers the first empirical data proving that female lesser prairie-chickens avoid grasslands when trees are present. The study, highlighted in a Science to Solutions report by the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI), underscores the importance of removing woody invasive plants like red cedar to restore grassland habitat. The new data will help guide USDA’s conservation efforts.

Learn more here.

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