PLN News December 2014: A Day to Celebrate Private Lands Conservation #GivingTuesday.

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Storing Carbon and Preserving Working Ranch Lands

Photo: USDA.

Two weeks ago, the USDA highlighted the creation of a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands, with Chevrolet's recent purchase of almost 40,000 CO2 reduction tons generated on working ranch grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota.

In the new market, landowners "get a new source of revenue, while thriving grasslands provide nesting habitat for wildlife, are more resilient to extreme weather, and help mitigate the impact of climate change."

Learn more about the new carbon credit system.

Gunnison Sage-Grouse Gets Federal Protection to Prevent Extinction

A female Gunnison sage-grouse near Monticello, Utah. Photo: Bryant Olsen.

On November 12, "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe declared the grouse officially threatened, which triggers Endangered Species Act protection, rebuffing intense appeals by Colorado [and Utah] leaders who contend state-led voluntary protection is sufficient to save it."

Read the full Denver Post story and U.S. Fish & Wildlife's press release.

Resilient: Soil, Water and the New Standards of the American West

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A new short film from the National Young Farmers Coalition highlights the work of innovative farmers and ranchers across western Colorado who are adapting to a drier climate.

Click the image above or visit their website to watch the 10 minute film.

Forest Landowners have Influence with Newly Elected Members of Congress

Photo: Forest America.

As new members prepare for joining the 114th Congress, "most likely forestry issues will not be part of the discussions or even on the radar screen. But should they? Yes! Forest landowners have more influence than they realize with the newly elected Senators and House Representatives."

Read the article from Forest America in full.

New Farm Bill Guide Available

Photo: USDA.

"Those looking for an accessible rundown on federal sustainable farming and food systems programs have a new, printed resources available to them!"

"Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities is an 86-page resource full of one to two page informative overviews of the many federal programs available for farmers, entrepreneurs, conservationists, nonprofits, and other stakeholders in the sustainable agriculture community."

Read the new guide from the USDA, MFAI and NSAC.
After two days of deal-getting, today is a day for giving back. Giving Tuesday is a movement towards helping people through non-profit work this holiday season.

We're asking you to celebrate Giving Tuesday by supporting Resources First Foundation and the work we do for private lands conservation.
Giving Tuesday is not just about monetary gifts. Share the work of RFF with landowners in your area or contact us to have your conservation story heard on our Keep Working Lands Working blog.
New SGI Webinar
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In this video, the Sage Grouse Initiative unravels the secrets of sagebrush plant community change to manage for resilient sage grouse habitat
Mourning the passing of Dr. Ian Player
Magquba Ntombela and Dr. Ian Player.
RFF President Amos Eno first met Dr.  Ian Player in December 1977 at the inaugural Wilderness Conference, and we are saddened today by the news that the legendary conservationist passed away Sunday at the age of 87.

Click here to read a thoughtful obituary from ICCF, an organization Player helped to found.
Upcoming Farm Commons Webinars
Covering a wide range of topics, a new season of Farm Commons webinars begins December 8th.

View the webinar schedule.
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