A group of 80 plus landowners and collaborative partners gathered for the Western Lands Partnership Forum in early January in Las Vegas, Nevada. Partnerscapes and staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program worked together to plan and deliver a unique forum.
Federal funding for conservation, specifically under the headings of ecosystem restoration and climate, has truly reached “once-in-a-lifetime” levels with passage of huge pieces of funding legislation such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the 117th Congress.
The Central Grasslands Roadmap is a collaborative effort to increase conservation of North America's Central Grasslands, which span more than 600 million acres across Canada, the United States and Mexico.
If you think about it, our North American model of wildlife conservation is by definition a diverse-perspective partnership where wildlife are recognized as a public trust resource, owned by both nobody and everybody and managed by public agencies for the public good. In the United States, wildlife conservation has been a partnership since our founding! But how do we know if we have trust or how do we begin to build trust?
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.