It is hard to believe it has almost been a year since the Administration stated its vision of a new path for conservation: An idea that became a commitment to support the function of landscapes, collaboratively, for human and natural values, developed and led locally as described in the America the Beautiful preliminary report.
As with everything, it has been difficult for Partnerscapes, and all organizations that count on public support, to meet and communicate effectively with potential supporters over the last two years. With that in mind, please consider supporting Partnerscapes and/or your local collaborative effort as we all look forward to a much improved 2022!
For the second year in a row, we were not able to gather in person in October due to the pandemic, but we were able to organize some stories of collaborative conservation from across the country, virtually, as well as hear from a couple of our national conservation leaders.
With approximately 70% of the land in the United States in private ownership, voluntary conservation efforts are critical to sustain fish and wildlife, soil health and all natural resources. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) has been providing voluntary technical and financial assistance to private landowners for over 30 years and continues to be critically important to conservation of federal trust species and a catalyst for public-private conservation partnerships across the country.
After much consideration and debate, the Partnerscapes board has decided not to hold an in-person Private Lands Partners Day in 2021. This was not an easy decision, but with ongoing Covid restrictions in Oregon and travel restrictions remaining in place for many public agencies, it was the best decision.
On May 6th an initial report was released on the Administration’s vision for what has been previously called 30x30. Renamed the America the Beautiful Initiative, the report outlines principles to achieve conservation of thirty percent of our Nation’s lands and waters by 2030. While light on specifics, there are a lot of things that Partnerscapes can relate to. . .