In the oft-rainy South Puget Sound region of western Washington, a highly threatened, dry prairie ecosystem persists on droughty soils across a patchwork of prairie preserves and grazed working lands. With recent ESA listings resulting from habitat loss, a team of farmers, researchers, and county planners is seeking to build collaboration across conservation and agriculture.
Partners for Conservation has assisted with the planning, is presenting or is otherwise involved with several voluntary conservation events focused on collaboration and partnerships scheduled for 2020.
In September of 2019 almost 170 landowners and conservation partners gathered in Ogden, Utah for the 12th annual Private Lands Partners Day, this year focusing on private lands conservation partnerships in a state where two-thirds of the land is federally-owned.
On October 25th, 2019 over 120 family members, neighbors, and conservation partners gathered to dedicate The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Owen Preserve in Yale, Virginia (Sussex County). The Owen land consists of over 1,850 acres and is being managed for recovery of northern savannas, among the rarest of longleaf habitats across the southeastern U.S.
Partners for Conservation (PFC) Executive Director Steve Jester and Texas Board Director Gary Price participated in a panel on communication and partnership among diverse perspectives at a session held for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologists in the southwestern states.
Ute Creek Cattle Company, in Bueyeros, N.M., has been selected as one of seven regional finalists of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award, announced during the 2019 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting July 30 in Denver, recognizes the operation’s outstanding stewardship and conservation efforts.
Earlier this month state and federal conservation agency staff and nongovernmental organization representatives from across the West gathered in Manhattan, Kansas to focus on private lands conservation partnerships. This was the theme for the bi-annual Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) meeting.
Partners for Conservation was honored to partner with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pheasants Forever, and others as a part of the first Western Working Lands for Wildlife Workshop held June 18-20 in Twin Falls, Idaho.
PFC attended a recent Working Lands Roundtable convened by the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) examining topics such as at-risk species conservation, broad-scale threats to western working landscapes, and cross-boundary coordination in resource management and planning.