PLN News: November 2016

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The UC Food Observer salutes those who are working to make agriculture more sustainable. These three stories paint a picture of today’s challenges and present interesting solutions inspired by the past and present. They may make you rethink your own attitudes a bit.

Click here to read the stories of Cropping Systems Specialist Jeff Mitchell, vegetarian advocate for sustainable livestock production Nicolette Hahn Niman, and UC Cooperative Extension poultry specialist Maurice Pitesky.

2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year!
On November 1, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) announced the 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award, will go to the Defrees family of northeast Oregon.

Father and son duo, Lyle and Dean Defrees, along with their family, Sharon Defrees, Dallas Hall, Riley Hall, Nathan Defrees, Jess Defrees, Tyler Defrees and Max Patashnik, have been protecting their forested land, the wildlife habitat it provides, and the water supply that runs through it, for more than 100 years.

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Stewardship with Vision Episode 4:
Ute Creek Cattle Company

In far northeastern New Mexico, Tuda and Jack Crews' land an water management models innovation, conservation, increased resiliency, and community connection.

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Stockton Students Analyze Controlled Burns on College Campus

While firefighters are normally battling blazes, on Wednesday at Stockton University they actually set one.

Stockton environmental studies students were on hand to analyze how a controlled burn affects the forest including its impact on healthy trees and on the southern pine beetle.

"The administration of the college understands how important it is to protect the facility, this is a forest with a college not a college with a forest," said certified forester Robert Williams.

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Ranching and Conservation go Hand in Hand on Triple P Ranch in Nephi

Photo: Sammy Jo Hester, Daily Herald.
To Michael Peterson, ranching and environmental conservation aren’t separate concepts. In his mind, being a steward of the land means undertaking projects that benefit both the ranch and the wildlife that also call that place home.

“Conservation is a really big deal for us,” Peterson said as he drove his pickup around his family’s 7,400-acre cattle ranch based near Nephi. “We feel that the way to survive economically is to be good conservationists.”

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Juniper Control Would Benefit Sage Grouse, Ranchers

A sage grouse rooster mounts a hen for breeding on a lek, the "dancing grounds" where grouse come to mate, in the Curlew National Grasslands, Idaho. Photo: Bill Schaefer.

THREATENED SPECIES – Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse and might also benefit cattle ranchers.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced it’s taking public comments through Jan. 3 on the plan to eliminate the trees from 940 square miles in Owyhee County in southwest Idaho.

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USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program
Starting on the 14th of this month, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service began accepting and processing applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program, the nation’s largest conservation program.

Sign-up will run through February 3, 2017. Applications will be made available in local service centers.
Big Horn Basin Ranch Land Conserved

Worland, Wyo. – 1,450 acres of the Gooseberry Creek Ranch in the Big Horn Basin will remain agrarian forever, thanks to a conservation effort by the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT), the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust (WWNRT), the Wyoming Game and Fish (WGF), and ranch owner, Dave Slover.

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