PLN News: May 2015

About the Private Landowner Network

We are excited to announce that on May 1, RFF will be moving to a new location at:

74 Lunt Road, Suite 300-302
Falmouth, Maine 04105

Successful Conservation Partnership Keeps Bi-State Sage-Grouse Off Endangered Species List

A Conservation Partnership Takes Flight - Video by NRCS Nevada
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse does not require the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

"The collaborative, science-based efforts in Nevada and California are proof that we can conserve sagebrush habitat across the West while we encourage sustainable economic development," said Jewell.

Read the press release here.
A recent study shows that while "the United States has one of the oldest and most sophisticated systems of protected areas in the world," those protected areas don't always overlap with biodiversity priorities - a finding that amplifies the need for wildlife conservation on private lands.

Read the paper here.

Ohio Takes Action for Bobwhite Quail

A pair of bobwhite quail. Photo: Steve Maslowski/USFWS.

Two weeks ago, forty-two Ohio landowners voted to establish a 9,930-acre, 10-year quail habitat restoration area. Roughly 8,170 of those acres will be private land, with the rest state-owned public land.

Read the article here.

NRCS and Forest Service Partner, Provide Assistance for Forest Landowners

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is accepting applications for the Missouri Ozark Highlands Restoration Partnership.

The partnership will provide $1.2 million to help landowners improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where Mark Twain National Forest and private lands meet in southern Missouri.

Read the news release here.

Arkansas Conservation Partners Have a Big Impacts in the St. Francis River Watershed

More than 18,000 acres of cover crops have been planted in the five MRBI projects since 2010. Photo: NRCS.

"The St. Francis River in Missouri and Arkansas has suffered for years from turbidity, or cloudy water caused by runoff of sediment, but thanks to the dedication of government and non-government groups as well as farmers, the river's water quality is improving."

Read the article here.
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