PLN News: September 2016

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"It's late September and the monarch butterfly migration is as its peak right now," says Pete Berthelsen, Pheasants Forever Director of Habitat Partnerships. "Habitat projects...are critical to providing the nectaring sources that are needed for monarch butterflies to complete up to a 3 thousand mile journey back to their wintering grounds in Mexico."

Learn more about monarchs by visiting Monarch Watch or Monarch Joint Venture.

How Small Forests can Help Save the Planet

Eve Lonnquist examining trees on her property with Logan Sander, a consulting forester. Photo: Leah Nash for The New York Times.
BIRKENFIELD, Ore. - Eve Lonnquist’s family has owned a forest in the mountains of northwest Oregon since her grandmother bought the land in 1919. Her 95-year-old father still lives on the 157-acre property...

More than half of the 751 million acres of forestland in the United States are privately owned, most by people like Ms. Lonnquist, with holdings of 1,000 acres or less. These family forests, environmental groups argue, represent a large, untapped resource for combating the effects of climate change.

Read the article here.

Who Will Harvest When I'm Gone?

Hannah Muller harvests flowers at Full Belly Farm in Capay Valley.
Small farms struggle to connect with the next generation of agricultural producers: Some are lucky enough to have children take over the family business, but for many it's not so simple.

Read the stories of the different strategies taken by three families transferring their land to the next generation.

Southern Wildlife at Risk: Family Forest Owners Offer a Solution

"We at the American Forest Foundation (AFF)...asked family landowners, who own the majority of forests in the South, what are their priorities...87% of landowners stated wildlife is the top reason they own their land, and a motivator for them to do more in the future," writes AFF President and CEO Tom Martin.

"Together we can truly reach a future where wildlife are no longer at risk, family landowners are active in stewardship, and we have the needed sustainable wood supplies all consumers count on."

Read report here.

A Special Report for Saving Sage Grouse | Wildlife Photographic Magazine Feature

Male sage grouse breeding display in slow motion
"Conserving the sagebrush sea is about more than saving sage grouse. It's about engaging everyone who has a stake in the future of the West,"says Thahd Heater, SGI coordinator.

This multi-media story about the Sage Grouse Initiative, written by Brianna Randall, is the feature in the new issue of Wildlife Photographic Magazine. To read the free interactive story:
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Breakfast to benefit RFF with special guest, Senator Susan Collins
When & Where:
Wed, October 19, 2016
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Lunt Auditorium
74 Lunt Road
Falmouth, ME
U.S. Senator Susan Collins will be the keynote speaker at an event to benefit Resources First Foundation, a bi-partisan national environmental non-profit based in Falmouth, Maine.
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Katie Prairie Conservancy earns national recognition
The Katy Prairie Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands on Houston’s far west side, recently was accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Learn more here.
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
This new book, by author Miriam Horn, tells the "story of a huge, largely hidden, and entirely unexpected conservation movement in America."

Learn more and order.

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