Partnerscapes has been seeking input for planning of Private Lands Partners Day through a survey as our country and individual states continue the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, 90 individuals have responded, and we wanted to provide a report on the results thus far, even while leaving the survey open for a bit longer.
Partnerscapes wants to hear your thoughts, preferences, and comfort level in regards to how we should proceed with the meeting this year. We have developed this SHORT online survey for that purpose. Our thinking is that even when restrictions are relaxed, that there may be a lag between when people are legally able to gather in the hundreds and when they are comfortable, and willing, to do so.
Welcome Salem Saloom and John Schmidt to the board of Partnerscapes!
We are pleased to release a report summarizing what we learned from our West-wide survey of collaborative conservation, including insights about collaboratives, their accomplishments and how they are evaluating their efforts and sharing with others.
Three ranchers and board directors of Partnerscapes share their stories from the "origins" of what began as Partners for Conservation - and is still growing!
In 2001, rancher Russell Davis learned he had a bird on his land that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) wanted to list under the Endangered Species Act: the Mountain Plover. The rest is history!
Partnerscapes Late October Zoom Events – Private Lands Partners Day and Collaborative Conservation in the West Previews
On October 23rd, we hosted a presentation on results from our 2020 survey of collaborative conservation efforts across eight western states. On October 29th, we hosted a Zoom event previewing Private Lands Partners Day 2021 – Oregon and Private Lands Partners Day 2022 – Arkansas.
This is the fourth and last in a series of articles focusing on PFC Director Gary Price and his family’s 77 Ranch in Texas. Gary Price first set foot on his ranch land when he was eight years old, as a guest. Little did he know that ownership of that land was in his future.
This is the third in a series of articles focusing on PFC Director Gary Price and his family’s 77 Ranch in Texas. Gary Price, owner of 77 Ranch in north central Texas, has placed more and more emphasis over the years on what the consumer wants so that he can get the best price for his cattle. His first stop on this journey, which began about 10 years ago, was to convert his herd to crossbred Angus cows that can produce Certified Angus calves, which “has been great.” His cattle are also certified all-natural, meaning no antibiotics and hormones, and he has systems in place for tracking individual animals in the event some require doctoring. To meet the demand for beef from Europe, Gary must be able to verify the age of his cattle as well. Since the mad cow disease scare, most countries in Europe will not accept cattle over 30 months old (as the disease is very rare in cattle this young). Likewise, restaurant chains want to be able to name and trace the beef they serve to its place of origin. “We have nothing to hide,” says Gary. “We hire IMI Global out of Denver as a third-party auditor and another company out of Washington, DC verifies us on animal welfare. All of these things add value because they are what the consumer wants, and they separate us from those who sell beef as a commodity.” Ecosystem [...]
This is the second in a series of articles focusing on PFC Director Gary Price and his family’s 77 Ranch in Texas. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Blackland Prairie region of Northeast Texas supported a massive amount of cotton production. “Navarro County, where we’re located, had more cotton than than any other county in the country,” says Gary Price.
Covid Concerns on the Ranch: Restaurants, processors, and the closeness entailed in loading a cow into a trailer
This is the first in a series of articles focusing on PFC Director Gary Price and his family’s 77 Ranch in Texas. “We are very fortunate to be on the ranch. Most days, we can wander around without interacting with people.” So begins the tale of how the Covid epidemic is affecting the award-winning 77 Ranch in east Texas, owned and operated by Partners for Conservation Director Gary Price and his wife and son.
Legal and environmental historian and conservationist, Lowell E. Baier has recently published a new book, Saving Species on Private Lands: Unlocking Incentives to Conserve Wildlife and Their Habitats.