Conserving Working Landscapes
Partnerscapes works with a broad range of individuals, organizations, and entities to support conservation partnership building that conserves working landscapes. The organization got its start as a local partnership between landowners and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, a program within the FWS that works collaboratively with private landowners on projects to improve fish and wildlife habitat. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program remains a primary partner of the organization and the landscapes represented by its members but the list has grown much longer. Partnerscapes has also developed a partnership with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to help bring landowners and agency staff together in support of the Working Lands for Wildlife Program.
Successful landscape collaborations also involve diverse perspectives including neighbors and other private landowners, community groups, and units of local government. Many collaborations also feature cooperative work with other federal agencies including the EPA as well as partnerships with entities such as state wildlife agencies, departments of environmental quality, forestry commissions, extension services, universities, and state water resource organizations. Nonprofit conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and other similar organizations are also important members of a number of collaborations and have been supportive of the Partnerscapes approach. The Sand County Foundation has been a key partner particularly in support and delivery of a number of the Private Lands Day events. Most recently, Partnerscapes established a partnership with the National Wildlife Refuge Association that allowed the organization to hire its first executive director.