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. . .
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.
Partnerscapes board member Jim Faulstich knows firsthand how a change in approach can open up new and lucrative opportunities for a decades old ranch. He has managed Daybreak Ranch, a 10,000+ acre grass-based cow/calf operation and no-till farm in South Dakota, since 1973.
Don Hirsch2021-01-05T11:13:44-06:00January 5th, 2021|