PLN News: October 2016

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Collaborative Conservation on the Siuslaw National Forest

Fivemile-Bell Restoration Project on the Siuslaw National Forest
An interview with Johnny Sundstrom, Founder and Director of the Siuslaw Institute, Deadwood, Oregon, on the process behind the Fivemile-Bell watershed restoration project on Oregon's central coast.

Read the interview on the Keep Working Lands Working blog.

Eggs and Environmental Issues with U.S. Senator Susan Collins

U.S. Senator Susan Collins and RFF President Amos S. Eno.
On October 19th, Resources First Foundation was honored to have U.S. Senator Susan Collins as the keynote speaker for its fall benefit breakfast, Eggs and Environmental Issues.

“I am delighted to be here with you this morning and appreciate your long commitment to the stewardship of privately owned lands,” said Senator Collins.

Private Land Partners Day 2016 a Success

Partners for Conservation
Private Land Partners Day 2016 was held October 4-6 in Sebring, Florida, where attendees toured and learned about an area that features committed landowners and partnerships that are helping to provide for both the wildlife and people of Florida. They were also the first to see Partners for Conservation's new short film (see above) produced by Conservation Media™.

Private Land Partners Day 2017 will be held right in Resources First Foundation's backyard in Bangor, Maine, the meeting's first convening in New England!

Forest Conservation Has a New Poster Child: The Gopher Tortoise

Photo: Franken/ullstein bild via Getty Images).
How do you protect some of the most endangered forest habitats in the United States? The answer may lie with a critter that often lives beneath that forest: a burrowing species called the gopher tortoise.

Most of the longleaf forest that still stands—including more than 80 percent of gopher tortoise habitat—exists on privately held lands. To help both species, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service this month launched a strategy to provide landowners with the tools and resources they need to restore and enhance their pine forests.

Read the article.

Unique Conservation Partnership Helps Create Win-Win Situation

Raven's Nest is one of two ranches that will protectmore than 15,000 acres of grassland in southeastern Colorado. Photo: Michael Menefee.
By keeping their grasslands intact, two Colorado ranches are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting vital wildlife habitat, all while earning additional revenue.

With the help of a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Climate Action Reserve listed Raven’s Nest and Heartland Ranch, both owned by the Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT), as the first two grassland offset projects developed and executed under a new Grassland Project Protocol.

Read the article.

Maine Farmers Ready to Retire Wrestle with Succession Planning

Photo: Gabor Degre, BDN.
Since the mid-1970s, Leslie Cummins and her husband, Tim Seabrook, have been settling, clearing and cultivating their saltwater orchard and nursery in Brooklin. Cummins inherited the 17.5-acre unimproved parcel with 200 feet of deep-water frontage on Blue Hill Bay from a great-aunt.

Now they are considering selling the farm where they grow apples, pears and make apple cider. They would like to sell their land to someone who would continue using it as a farm instead of developing the property.

Read the article.
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Protecting Your Family Farm: A Free Farm Estate Planning Seminar
When & Where:
Wed, November 2, 2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm or
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Van Abel's of Hollandtown
8108 County Road D
Kaukauna, WI, 54130

Learn how to protect your family farm while enjoying a family-style chicken dinner. You and up to three guests are invited to attend this free educational event.

Seating is limited. Register below or call 1-800-794-5548 today to reserve your seat!

Learn more & Register
TaraTalks 2016
Last week, Resources First Foundation's Amos S. and Amos P. Eno attended TaraTalks 2016, the 4th annual conservation convention hosted at Tara Wildlife in Eagle Lake, MS. Throughout the week, we will be posting videos from the event on our Keep Working Lands Working blog!
National Wetlands Awards Nominations
The Environmental Law Institute is currently accepting nominations for individuals who have shown an extraordinary commitment to our nation's wetlands.
Submit Your Nomination
Feds Reconsider Wolverine Listing
Photo: Defenders of Wildlife.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment (deadline Nov. 17) on whether wolverines in the lower 48 states should be placed on the federal endangered species list.

Read the article and proposed rule.
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