PLN News: September 2015

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Fish & Wildlife Service Decides not to List Sage Grouse Endangered

Greater sage grouse listing announcement from Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
"The Obama administration announced on [September 22] that the greater sage grouse, a flamboyant bird that roams across 11 Western states, does not warrant a listing as an endangered species, an action that could have damaged oil and natural gas interests and the economies of many local communities."

Read the article from the New York Times.

To learn more visit the in-depth sage grouse section of our Conservation Habitat Portal here.

Maine Forest Products Council Honors Best in the Business

Benny and Stephen Lumbra of Lumbra Hardwoods in Milo, Maine's Outstanding Manufacturer 2015.

The esteemed Albert D. Nutting Award was given to Jim Robbins Sr. Other awards were given out for Maine's Outstanding Logger, Outstanding Forester, Outstanding Manufacturer, and the Abby Holman Public Service Award.

Congratulations to all of the honorees, and thanks for keeping the largest contiguous privately owned working forest in the country productive and sustainable.

Learn more here.

USDA Helps Vets Transition to Agriculture

A Google+ Hangout on Helping our Returning Heroes find Opportunities in Agriculture
A Google+ hangout on Helping our Returning Heroes find Opportunities in Agriculture
Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden hosted a panel of veteran farmers and veteran training organizations for a live Google+ Hangout to discuss opportunities available through USDA for returning service members who are looking for long-term careers in farming, ranching and agriculture.

Hear real-life stories of veterans who have successfully made the transition from active military to agriculture.

Watch a replay of the video here.

Stewards of the Land: Brown Ranches

Austin Brown, III and his wife Jody work tirelessly every day to preserve the legacy of their family ranch in the southern coastal area of Beeville, Texas. Their story is about their passion for each other, their animals and their land. With hard work, they come together to sustain their ranch for generations to come.

Watch their story here.

Wilderness Wildlife Trust Publishes its Annual Report 2015

Resources First Foundation's partner organization the Wilderness Wildlife Trust earlier this month published its Annual Report for 2015.

The Trust supports a wide variety of conservation projects in Africa to address the needs of existing wildlife populations, seek solutions to save endangered species and provide education for training local people and their communities.

Read the report here.
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