Natural Wayupdated: May 2016Contact Natural WayTo request additions or corrections to this entry email the AdministratorRelated Success Stories for Natural WayACE Basin ProjectThe ACE Basin Project is widely recognized as one of the most successful public/private partnerships in ecosystem based conservation.Action Teams for the EnvironmentThe Action Team Project assists college students in developing an awareness of environmental issues. Students build the skills necessary to take action on environmental/conservation issues.America’s Private Lands Conservation PartnershipConservation Districts carry out natural resource management programs at the local level and work with more than 2.5 million cooperating landowners on nearly 98 percent of U.S. private lands. American Forests & Bureau of Land ManagementAmerican Forests and the BLM teamed up to re-establish pine forests on acquired cutover lands on the Homestead Mesa in New Mexico.American Forests and Mountains to Sound GreenwayThis project planted native trees on former logging roads to create a continuous “greenbelt” along Interstate 90 in order to improve surrounding habitats.American Fork Canyon Home Rivers ProjectTrout Unlimited, a third party “Good Samaritan,” will restore abandoned mines on private property to improve trout habitat in American Fork Canyon.Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Woods InitiativeThe AMC's Maine Woods Initiative is a strategy for land conservation that integrates habitat protection, recreation, education, and sustainable forestry in the 100-Mile Wilderness region of Maine. Aquatic Nuisance Species Dispersal Barrier ProjectImplemented electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to deter the inter-basin transfer of invasive fish between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.Arkansas Conservation PartnershipThe partnership is a unique force, combining the strengths of federal, state and local organizations along with educational institutions, to help preserve and protect The Natural State.Arnold Air Force Base Conservation Core TeamA Conservation Core Team initiated by Arnold AFB is helping restore and protect listed species and important habitat on Tennessee’s southeastern Highland Rim.Assisting Agricultural Producers in Improving Water Quality Partners assist agricultural producers in improving water quality and provide education, technical assistance and financial assistance to owners and operators of animal feeding operations. Audubon California Landowner Stewardship ProgramAudubon California works with farmers and ranchers in the Sacramento Valley to implement restoration projects in a manner compatible with existing agricultural operations. Bahia Grande Estuary RestorationRestorated tidal exchange and estuary functions of an 11,000 acre barren basin and reestablished critical habitat for fish, wildlife and waterfowl.Baraboo River Cooperative RestorationPartners worked together to remove four aged, unsafe, and uneconomical dams that blocked fish movement, damaged water quality, and endangered river users on the 128 mile Baraboo River mainstem. Battle Creek River Watershed ProjectThe Battle Creek River Watershed Project is an effort by landowners, residents, conservation groups, and local, state, and federal agencies to protect the quality of water.Bete Grise PreservePartners raised funds and applied for grants to buy Bete Grise, a high quality dune swale wetland system. In 2004, two grants were awarded totaling $1,450,000 for 1104 acres.Binational Ocelot Recovery ProjectConservation agencies, organizations and foundations in Texas and Tamaulipas, Mexico team up with landowners to save the endangered ocelot through incentives-based stewardship. BP Wood River RefineryA former unusable industrial property in Illinois is revitalized through efforts of multiple partners creating a redeveloped area and wildlife sanctuary.Bridge Creek Salt Marsh Restoration Project This project restored tidal flows to a 40-acre degraded salt marsh, improving habitat for a variety of estuarine organisms by replacing undersized culverts with larger, properly sized culverts. Buffalo Creek Riparian Buffer RestorationAgencies, universities, non-profits, and foundations offered cost share and technical assistance for riparian and instream habitat restoration.Building Collaborative Stewardship, North Fork Crooked River Project is a model for future efforts as partners work together to forestall lawsuits and establish improvements on private land as well as Federal.Calapooia River, Improving Water Quality and Aquatic HabitatAssessing riparian function and water quality in agricultural and forestry settings to promote natural resource management to improve water quality and aquatic habitat in the Calapooia River.Callaway ConservationThe Ida Cason Callaway Foundation protected 2,507 acres of forest. Forest restoration, education and recreation activities continue under the terms of the conservation easement.Calumet InitiativeA coalition working to revitalize both the Rustbelt economy and the significant ecological riches of Calumet.Carity PrairieThe Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy has partnered with developer Bill Carity to preserve a rare prairie remnant and restore a sedge meadow complex. The site totals 23 acres and is open to the public.Cascade Streamwatch ProjectCascade Streamwatch is a collaborative educational outdoor site for teaching and expanding public understanding of healthy watersheds and fisheries.Catawba River Streambank Conservation EasementsAn unprecedented, voluntary effort by Crescent Resources, LLC is protecting nearly 200 miles of stream banks in North Carolina and South Carolina. Cathlapotle Plankhouse ProjectA diverse partnership has built a full-scale cedar plankhouse to interpret the rich natural and cultural heritage preserved on Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.Central Oregon Partnership for Wildfire Risk ReductionThe Central Oregon Partnership is using small tree harvests as a tool to foster health forest health and build new forest-biomass industries.Central Texas Sustainability PartnershipConflict over habitat for two endangered species resulted in a diverse working group able to address the needs of both the species and affected landowners. CF Industries National Watershed AwardThe CF Industries National Watershed Award recognizes outstanding community watershed protection efforts. The award focuses on innovative, non-regulatory approaches to improving water quality.Cheney Lake Water Quality ProjectFarmers, the City of Wichita, and NRCS and EPA partnered to fund and implement conservation practices to clean and protect the city’s water supply at Cheney Lake.Chesapeake Bay ProgramThe Premiere Watershed Restoration Partnership is a regional effort aimed at restoring a system with abundant, diverse populations of living resources, fed by healthy streams and rivers. Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Bay CommissionThe Chesapeake Bay Program is a multi-state, multi-agency effort to restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay through sound land-use decisions.Chesapeake Bay Watershed Conservation Regional partnership works with farmers to improve agricultural practices and improve water quality within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.Chester Creek Rehabilitation ProjectAn urban town-center development project has made conservation its top priority. The project's partners have restored an important natural resource for the people and animals who call the area “home.”Chicago WildernessAn unprecedented partnership of 182 public and private organizations working to protect, restore and manage the biological diversity of the Chicago region. Chouteau Island ImplementationThe Chouteau Island Implementation effort will convert a 5,500 acre island-complex, outside of St. Louis, Mo., into a passive recreational complex with extensive floodplain habitat restoration.Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (“Breaux Act”)The goal of the Breaux Act partnership is to design, build, maintain and monitor sustainable projects that create, protect, and restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Commencement Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration This project showcases community-based restoration in Commencement Bay, a heavily urbanized, industrial area. Community Floodplain Buyout PartnershipMissouri watershed project used to buyout more than 100 frequently flooded residences and businesses in Piedmont. In their place are a park and a hiking trail.Confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri RiversConservation organizations and landowners partnered to acquire 1,465 acres bordering the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, located in McKenzie County, northwestern
North Dakota. Confluence: A Conservation, Heritage & Recreation CorridorReconnecting people to region’s Great Rivers through a system of multi-use trails, recreation facilities, historic sites, visitor education centers, public art & interpretation.Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Partnership In northern New Hampshire 171,000 acres of forestland were purchased to enhance recreational opportunities and benefit the local economy through sustainable forestry.Conservation Security Program in the St. Joseph WatershedThe Conservation Security Program in the St. Joseph watershed rewards agricultural landowners for superior conservation and stewardship practices.Conserving Georgia's Dwindling FarmlandThe Athens Land Trust and the Oconee Partnership for Farmland Protection worked to place a conservation easement on a portion of the Breedlove-Powers Farm in rapidly-developing Oconee County, Georgia.Conserving Maryland’s Threatened Bog TurtleThe Partnership is working with private farmers and landowners to help recover the threatened bog turtle.Conserving Prairie Ranches, Ranchers, and Grassland BirdsA landscape-level project that uses purchased conservation easements to conserve native grasslands and wetlands vital to ranchers and grassland birds.Conserving the Truckee River CanyonMission is to implement local public-private collaborative solutions to protect and improve water quality and biological resources for the Truckee River watershed.Cool Springs, NCOver 2,500 of diverse forested wetland acres, located along the Neuse River floodplain and owned by forest industry, will remain forested forever. Cooperative Air Quality WorkshopsA series of agricultural air quality workshops were offered to San Joaquin Valley farmers to create Conservation Management Practice plans (CMPs).Cooperative Conservation in LouisianaPartnership seeks to restore thousands of acres of black bear, waterfowl and songbird habitat throughout Louisiana’s “hardwood rain forest”.Critters Pocket Guide SeriesCritters field guides have been distributed to over 232,000 students in 10 states nationwide through interactive field and classroom programs.Culebra Range Community CoalitionThe Coalition works with a broad base of community partners to restore forest health, improve wildlife habitat, reduce risk of unnatural fire, and facilitate small diameter timber based businesses.Cusick Wetland RestorationThe Partnership restored a wetland, created a wetland educational site, and established a park.Dakota County Minnesota Farmland and Natural Areas ProgramThis voluntary program seeks to protect 5,000-10,000 acres of priority Dakota County farmlands and natural areas over the next 10 years.Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage500-1000 person ecovillage in northeast Missouri as experimental project in social and technological strategies for sustainable living for North Americans.Data Verifies BMPs Improve Water QualityPartners gathered data to prove that installed BMPs have a positive impact on water quality – 92% bedload sediment reduction; 75% nitrate reduction.Defense Mapping Agency Center/National Imagery and Mapping Agency Formerly used Defense site is being restored for economic development and conservation of significant wetland areas.Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Project, Delaware & New JerseyPlanting of 110,000 bushels of shell that provide suitable substrate for development of juvenile oysters, resulting in both environmental & economic benefits to the Delaware Bay on a regional level.Diablo Trust IMfoS (Integrated Monitoring for Sustainability) ProjectThe IMfoS Project involves the design and implementation, with stakeholder input, of an integrated monitoring tool to evaluate the sustainability of community-based collaborative management.Disney Wilderness Preserve PartnershipAn innovative partnership to restore and protect natural wetland and upland communities affected by past drainage operations, lumbering and cattle ranching.District,NRCS target irrigation water qualityNRCS and Central Platte Natural Resources District use EQIP and district cost share funds to target cost-share funds at priority water quality irrigation farmers.Ditch ProjectA collaboration between academic, state, and federal institutions to better understand and manage nutrient losses from agricultural drainage ditches.Downeast Lakes Forestry PartnershipThe Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership secured a 27,000-acre community forest and a 312,000-acre conservation easement to sustain a rural economy.Dry Creek Quarry RestorationSince 2004, Sequoia Riverlands Trust has been restoring natural stream flows, recontouring disturbed areas, seeding native grasses and planting oak and sycamore trees at this former gravel mine.Ducktrap River Tributary Restoration ProjectThe goal of the Ducktrap River project was to protect federally-endangered Atlantic Salmon and other cold water species by stabilizing the eroding portions of the tributary channel.Ebey's Landing National Historical ReserveThe community of Coupeville, WA, and the National Park Service manage Ebey’s Landing for historic, agricultural, and open space conservation.Ecosystem Enhancement ProgramA nationally recognized program for its efforts to restore, enhance and protect the environment and foster responsible economic growth.Endangered Species Act Assurances for Private LandownersPrivate landowners with approved NRCS-RMS conservation plans are able to use their lands for work and conservation with a minimum of red tape.Endangered Species Conservation PartnershipMarine Corps links training maneuvers to conservation by using amphibious assault vehicles to control invasive plant species to help restore the Hawaiian stilt.Energy Grants to Agricultural ProducersA partnership was formed to assist agricultural producers in enhancing the economic viability of their poultry production facilities through improved energy efficiency. EnergyXchange Renewable Energy CenterToday, decomposing garbage in the landfill fuels pottery kilns, glass furnaces, and greenhouse at the EnergyXchange Renewable Energy Center.Enid LakeThe SWMA is a project to preserve a wetland habitat for plant, fish, and wildlife species, including endangered species, which are provided a protected environment for reproduction and feeding.Enlisting Private Landowners and the Army for Endangered SpeciesSafe Harbor Agreements and compatible use buffers used on and off Army bases contribute to recovery of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.Envision UtahEnvision Utah, an unparalleled public-private partnership, educates citizens about urban growth and methods for maintaining quality of life and natural beauty.Escobar's Highland FarmAfter years of hard work, Aquidneck Land Trust reached a monumental agreement with Louis and Jane Escobar to acquire the deed to development rights on 75 contiguous acres of the Portsmouth farm.Evolution of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC)Maui Invasive Species Committee, an informal private-county-state-federal partnership, works to prevent serious alien plant and animal invasions threatening Haleakala National Park.Fish and Wildlife Service Fish Passage ProgramThe Fish Passage Program works with public and private partners nationwide to restore fish habitat by removing local barriers to natural water flows.Forest For Every ClassroomA Forest For Every Classroom partnership created a stewardship program to build capacity in teachers. They learn about teaching place, forests, ecology, and using public lands as outdoor classroom.Fort Hunter Liggett Grasslands RestorationA broad-based partnership is working to restore the grasslands and oak savannahs of Fort Hunter Liggett by controlling the invasive yellow star thistle.Fort McHenry Wetland Restoration and Field StationThe Aquarium worked to reconstruct this wetland creating a fully functioning marsh by promoting regular, natural tidal flooding, controlling debris accumulation, and enhancing habitat.Friends of the Rappahannock (F.O.R.)Conservation and protection of the Rappahannock River and its watershed through locally-led partnerships promoting L.I.D practices, agricultural BMP’s and conservation easements.Front Range Fuels Treatment PartnershipThe Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership is a dynamic partnership of federal, state and local governments, land-management agencies, private landowners, conservation organizations and others.Gopher Tortoise Conservation BankA conservation bank is helping to restore the gopher tortoise, protect black pine snakes, and ensure affordable house lots in Mobile County, Alabama. Grand County / BLM Recreation Partnerships Through county and agency agreements, the BLM Sand Flats Recreation Area and the Moab Information Center are managed by non-federal partners.Grass Roots Source Water Protection ProgramGrassroots outreach and education program encourages voluntary conservation by landowners, farmers and ranchers to prevent drinking water pollution.Grassland Ecological Area Enhancement and Restoration ProjectThe Grassland Ecological Area Enhancement and Restoration Project enhanced and restored wetlands and associated habitats in the Grasslands Ecological Area in the heart of the Central Valley.Great Bay Partnership Land and Waterfowl ConservationUsing a partnership-developed conservation plan, nearly 7,000 acres of wetlands and uplands adjoining New Hampshire’s Great Bay estuary have been protected.Great Lakes “Coaster” Brook Trout RestorationCollaboration among federal and state governments, tribes, and private organizations to help bring the Coaster brook trout back to Lake Superior.Great Plains Geographic Information Systems PartnershipProject facilitates collaboration, communication and reduces redundancy in GIS data development for bird habitat assessment and conservation.Greater Everglades Ecosystem RestorationThe Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration initiative puts in place the largest and most ambitious watershed recovery program in U.S. history.Greater Yellowstone Mammal Migrations The Nature Conservancy and partners are committed to protecting critical seasonal ranges for Yellowstone's migrating animals and preserving these historic overland movements. Guadalupe River Project, San Jose, CaliforniaThis project provides 100-year flood protection, habitat protection, water quality protection, fish & wildlife enhancement, and recreation & open space features within the Guadalupe River watershed.Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Stewardship CollaborativeThis public/not-for-profit collaborative partnership is implementing variety of restoration projects & visitor service programs to mitigate the effects of one of the nation's largest oil spills. Guide for South Dakota Rural HomeownersThe project/publication helps people to understand natural resources to better manage their small acreages for a healthier environment and guides them to available programs and services.Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP) A partnership to protect and manage exceptional biodiversity across the GCPEP landscape, while remaining consistent with the partner’s individual and diverse missions. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Protection of humpback whales is enhanced through a State/Federal management partnership.Headwaters Corner Interpretive CenterCommunity partners and conservation agencies collaborate to bring environmental education of regional significance to the general public of southern California.Healthy Grown Potato PartnershipThe partnership promotes IPM, plans to protect habitat and species on private lands, improvements to soil, water and air quality, using regional goals, and markets these efforts through an eco-label.Help Us Stop the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance SpeciesA cooperative effort between Federal, provincial, state, regional, and local agencies and many other stakeholders to prevent the westward spread aquatic nuisance species in North America.Helping Indian Tribes Manage Natural ResourcesThe Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe recently completed a Comprehensive Resource Management Plan with the assistance of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on their 475,000 acre Reservation.
Henry Mountain Bison HerdSportsmen and ranchers negotiate win-win solutions to maintain livestock grazing and ensure quality bison hunts in the Utah Henry Mountains. Hokulea, Navigating Change in the Hawaiian Islands "Navigating Change" is a project focused on raising awareness to ultimately motivate people to change their attitudes and behaviors to better care for all our islands and ocean resources.Houston-Galveston Navigation ChannelsInter-agency coordination effort restores key commercial navigation channel, using dredged materials to create two islands and over 4,000 acres of wetlands in Galveston bay.Illinois River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) The Illinois River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) helps farmers improve water quality in the Illinois River and restore bottomland habitat through conservation easements.Indiana Master Naturalist ProgramBrings together specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana's natural resources and promote volunteer service and conservation in local communities.Iowa Buffer TeamA unique group of public and private partners joined forces to promote the establishment of buffers on agricultural lands.Iowa Soybean Association Agronomic & Environmental ProgramsTo empower farmers to compare new crop production practices and inputs with current management practices to improve their economic returns and lessen their environmental impact.
Josephine County Integrated Fire PlanThe Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan (JCIFP) addresses wildfire risk and opportunities for public education, fuels reduction and emergency management in southwest Oregon.Jupiter Inlet Natural AreaBLM works with federal, county, municipal, educational and non-profit groups to manage a key regional landmark in northern Palm Beach County. Kagman Watershed ProjectJoint effort by CNMI Dept. of Land & Natural Resources, Saipan & No. Islands SWCD and USDA NRCS to address flooding of agricultural land during rainy season & irrigation shortage during dry season.Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation PlanHCP encourages voluntary creation and management of endangered Karner blue butterfly habitat on private lands through incentives and support.Kaskaskia Watershed Association, Inc.Federal, State and local partners joined together to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for restoration and management of the Kaskaskia River watershed.Keizer Rapids Regional Community Park The Keizer Rapids Park demonstrates how the Willamette American Heritage Rivers Initiative works with local partners to provide leverage for projects and build community capacity.Lake Decatur Watershed Community Based PartnershipThis farmer-urban community based watershed partnership, formed in 1943, promotes reducing nitrate and sediment loads from agricultural lands.Lake Seldom Wetland Restoration Community Open SpaceA rural community incorporates wetlands into a open space system. A multitude of partners pooled funds for acquisition and restoration. Land Conservation Works in Augusta, GeorgiaThrough partnerships with governmental, private, corporate, and non-profit orgs, this partnership is building a successful land conservation movement in Augusta, GALand O’ Lakes Ravine RestorationPartnership stabilized ravine leading to the Mississippi River that was causing sediment deposition and extreme disturbance to high quality plant communities.Land Restoration/Revegetation – Fort HoodDairy compost was used to revegetate degraded training maneuver areas that caused soil erosion and water quality issues.Leopold Memorial ReserveCoordination among private landowners stopped land fragmentation, initiated habitat monitoring, and improved management which produced significant ecological research and educational opportunities.Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center PartnershipsA collaboration between the Forest Service and partners makes possible a wide range of interpretive and educational operations at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.Longleaf Pine and Oak Planting ProjectsPartnership involves expansion of a longleaf pine woodland in an urban area and reforestation of a former bottomland hardwood forest.Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration StudyThe plan would make significant progress towards achieving and sustaining a coastal ecosystem that can support and protect the environment, economy and culture of southern Louisiana and the Nation.
Louisiana Coastal Area Land Change Study GroupMulti-year, multi-agency coastal restoration and rehabilitation project responding to loss of 1,900 square miles of coastal land and marsh during the 20th century. Malpai Borderlands PartnershipThe rancher-led partnership is protecting privately-owned land and working landscapes through easements, grass-banking and habitat restoration.Managing Flooding in Metropolitan MilwaukeeThe Conservation Fund partnered with the Milwaukee Sewerage District is implementing flood management programs that protect wetlands and wildlife habitat.Martell Rush River ProtectionDiverse partners collaborate to protect shoreline, and provide public access to the Rush River.Maryland Conservation PartnershipNRCS provided technical expertise and project management to the Navy and conservation partners to restore eroding shoreline and wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay.McKenzie Creek Watershed ProjectThe project consists of voluntary acquisition of frequently flooded properties in the City of Piedmont and development of a habitat enhancing greenway.Measuring Conservation Practices A GIS-based model was developed to determine the effects of best management practices for agricultural lands on erosion and sedimentation rates.Metropolitan Greenspaces ProgramThis program supports environmental education, habitat restoration and protection, environmental planning, and ecological studies throughout an urban greenspaces system.Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program The MAEP program provides education, technical assistance, and verification to help farmers voluntarily prevent agricultural pollution risks.Michigan Conservation Stewards ProgramThis program delivers high quality, locally based education to create an informed citizenry who will practice community-based volunteer conservation management activities.Michigan's Copper Country Cooperative PartnershipIn 1998, NRCS contracted with the EPA to remediate about 800 acres of exposed stamp sand areas to prevent erosion into Torch Lake. Middle Mississippi River Wetland RestorationSince the Great Flood of 1993 American Land Conservancy has been helping restore bottomland hardwood habitat, sidechannels and wetlands from St. Louis to Cairo, IL. Midwest Invasive Plant NetworkAddressing the threats of non-native invasive plants to the Midwest by providing leadership, facilitating information development and exchange, and coordinating regional efforts.Missouri Conservation Reserve Enhancement ProgramThe Missouri Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) provides incentives to farmers to restore riparian buffers to reduce sediment, pollutant, and bacterial loading of waterways.Missouri Department of Conservation/NRCS PartnershipThe Missouri Department of Conservation shares office space with NRCS and assists with the application of farm bill programs.Missouri SWCD/NRCS PartnershipMissouri NRCS' partnership with local soil and water conservation districts is tops in reducing soil erosion and protecting water quality.Missouri Watershed Research Assessment-Stewardship ProjectMGCA and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council initiated WRASP to help corn farmers be better environmental stewards of the land, water and natural resources.Mitchell River CoalitionThe Mitchell River Coalition came together to protect and improve the watershed and water quality of the Mitchell River. Montana Water TrustMWT develops water transfer agreements with farmers, ranchers, and other landowners that increase flows and benefit native fish in Montana’s 4,000 miles of dewatered streams.Moose Creek Fish Passage Restoration Project A man-made waterfall blocked salmon from quality habitat. The Chickaloon Tribe lead a restoration project to reconstruct a natural river channel bypassing the waterfall.Mountain Plover Conservation Efforts in ColoradoSeveral organizations partnered together to conduct research on over 300,000 acres of farm land in Colorado. Due to cooperative efforts, the plover was not listed as an Endangered Species.Muddy Creek Watershed Restoration Project - North CarolinaIn 1998, Duke Power and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission formed a partnership with several organizations to address the sediment problem in the Muddy Creek North Carolina watershed.Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics ConsortiumA consortium of federal agencies produced a comprehensive spatial database for user-specified mapping of 21 types of land cover anywhere in the U.S. Nanticoke Watershed InitiativeThe Conservation Fund developed a vision for protecting and interpreting the natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Nanticoke Watershed.Narragansett BayA partnership approach for addressing the degradation of eelgrass beds in Narragansett Bay, by restoring eelgrass habitat using multiple planting methods. Nebraska City Citizens and Science Group - Missouri River Adaptive Management Pilot ProjectThe NCC&SG is working to identify, select and implement, through a collaborative and adaptive process, pilot projects and/or models to support river recovery and community revitalization.Nebraska Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Nebraska CREP is giving farmers and their partners the resources needed to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into lakes and waterways.Nebraska Partnership for All-Bird ConservationPartners promote coordinated & voluntary land stewardship that will conserve, improve, and expand habitat for all bird species in Nebraska.Neuse River Basin Cleanup Exceeds GoalsIn 1997, North Carolina adopted pollution controls in the basin. The Neuse agricultural community achieved a 42 percent nitrogen reduction, exceeding the 30 percent goal. Nez Perce ReforestationThis project planted native trees as part of AMERICAN FORESTS’ Global ReLeaf program to reforest burned areas in Nez Perce Woods Property.Nisqually River Collaborative ManagementAll-inclusive locally-based management of river basin created to resolve ecosystem health disputes and encourage economic vitality of the region.North Carolina Sandhills Conservation PartnershipThe Partnership is a cooperative effort to restore the natural longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem on military, state and private lands in the North Carolina SandhillsNorth Central Texas Water QualityDevelop watershed management plans for six reservoirs in the Trinity River Basin providing water for 1.6 million people.North Fork Potomac WatershedLandowners, environmentalists, universities, and government agencies worked together to restore Potomac River water quality by reducing polluted runoff from beef and poultry farms.Northern Michigan Conservation and Wildlife AllianceTo bring together all hands-on conservation organizations and to introduce them to the public.Northwest Florida Greenway ProjectMilitary, government and nonprofit organizations partner to protect the Panhandle’s unique natural resources, economy, and military flyways.Northwest Straits Marine Conservation InitiativeA citizen-based approach to restoring and protecting marine species and habitats in the Northwest Straits region of Washington State.Norwalk River Watershed InitiativeThe Norwalk River Watershed Initiative is restoring the Norwalk watershed by improving water quality, habitat, and flood management through local decision making. NRCS, State, Private, Tribal PartnershipPublic-Private-NGO: to Restore Salmon Habitat in the Blue Mountains of the Pacific NorthwestNYC Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program New York City, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), agricultural producers, and others address non-point source pollution through voluntary programs that protect stream corridors and working land.O'ahu Conservation PartnershipThe O’ahu Conservation Partnership is a consortium of agencies and conservation groups seeking to protect and restore natural and open spaces. Oasis Valley ProjectThe town of Beatty, Nevada partnered with The Nature Conservancy to craft a conservation strategy that prevented the endangered species listing for an endemic toad.Ohio CELPThe Trust for Public Land is working on two projects along the lakefront of Lake Erie in Ohio: East Sandusky Bay and Mentor Marsh.Ohio Scioto River Basin Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program The Ohio Scioto River Basin CREP helps cost-share the creation of conservation buffers and wetlands on private farms to improve water quality.Okhissa LakeBuilding an earthen dam for a 1,000-acre lake for water and land recreation.Oklahoma Wildlife AllianceOklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance (OWPHA) provides a trusted and open forum for private landowners to engage with resource managers and conservation programs.
Olaa-Kilauea - Building Bridges by Building FencesThe partnership uses inmate labor to build fences and conduct other conservation activities. Old Inlet Terrapin Habitat Enhancement ProjectThe goal of the Old Inlet Terrapin Habitat Enhancement Project is to restore nesting habitat for the Northern Diamond-backed Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin).Onslow Bight Conservation ForumRegional collaboration across 9 counties on the Atlantic coastal plain to conserve saltwater marshes, long leaf savannahs, estuaries, wetlands, and pocosins.Pacific Northwest Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program The Pacific Northwest CREP works with farmers to voluntarily establish and maintain long-term riparian buffers on agricultural lands to help protect critical salmon and trout habitat.Palmetto Bluff PreservationMore than one-third of the original 20,000 acres at Crescent Resources' Palmetto Bluff community in the S.C. lowcountry has been set aside in perpetuity. Participatory Biological Monitoring GuidelinesThe “Participatory Biological Monitoring Guidelines” project helps managers and scientists form local partnerships to meet biological monitoring needs while maintaining scientific standards.Partners Help Farmers Get Funds to Address Resource Concerns Conservation partnership assisted coffee farmers to adopt new conservation technology in the Coffee Zone, Humid Upland Watersheds in Puerto Rico.Partners in RestorationThe Partners In Restoration (PIR) Permit Coordination Program makes it easier for farmers and ranchers to restore and preserve the health of their property by easing the permitting burden.Peach Resource Renewal ProjectConservation Innovation Grants are part of the 2002 Farm Bill and were established as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.Penobscot River Restoration ProjectProject removed barriers to migration of Atlantic salmon and other fish on Maine’s Penobscot River while maintaining energy generating capacity. Perenosa Bay, Afognak IslandCoastal rainforest and salmon rivers are being conserved for Alaska Department of Natural Resources in an area identified as the top habitat for Exxon Valdez oil spill injured fish and wildlife.Pine Mountain GeorgiaThe Ida Cason Callaway Foundation Preserve adjoins Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park with rare Montane Longleaf Pine. A conservation easement was sold to the State to maintain this land in forest use.Pingree Forest PartnershipA landscape level conservation easement created to sustain working forests while protecting forest resources for wildlife, fisheries, migratory birds, and local economies.Platte River Habitat PartnershipThe Partnership attempts to balance the economic needs of landowners and the ecological needs of wildlife and native grasslands.Poso Creek Flood Plain Wetland Habitat ProjectOn the Poso Creek Flood Plain Wetland Habitat Project, partners are working together to restore and enhance wetlands in the Tulare Basin, site of California's largest historic freshwater wetland.Powder River Conservation District, Flood Mitigation Efforts Partners help town recover from flood and develop a flood prevention plan. Emergency watershed protection and PL-83-566 - small watershed protection. Preserving and Protecting the Environment of New RiverOur project and mission is to restore the New River to an ecological and economically sound river for public and commercial use.Preserving Drayton Plains, a Clinton River Natural AreaThrough a conservation easement and partnership with a township and non-profit Nature Center, Oakland Land Conservancy helped preserve a 137-acre threatened natural area.Presidential Quail InitiativeNatural resource management agencies and groups developed a national, habitat-based recovery plan to reverse decline in bobwhite quail populations. Project GreenA grass roots group of neighbors living along Pittman Wash in Henderson Nevada decided to rid their community of weeds and tranpslant native trees and partnered with the Natinal Park Service.Protecting Fish Habitat in SCA powerful coalition of private citizens and federal, state, and local agencies, is restoring South Carolina's rare trout waters.Protecting New Jersey's Sourland RegionD&R Greenway Land Trust and multiple partners have protected over 3,500 acres of habitat and natural resources in central New Jersey’s Sourlands region – with more preservation projects to come.Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters Restoration Program Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters Restoration Program provides assistance to agencies to restore the tributaries, waters, and shorelines of Puget Sound.Puget Sound Shared StrategyUsing local conservation efforts already underway, the Shared Strategy is a ground-up approach to the development of a science-based, locally supported salmon recovery plan for Puget Sound.Quabbin to Cardigan CollaborativeThe Quabbin to Cardigan Collaborative is a multi-state, public/private effort to protect and connect large unfragmented forests in the Monadnock Highlands of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.Restoration at Kankakee SandsRestoration of both hydrology and native plants on fragments of farmland will add to a mosaic of stream, wetland, prairie and savanna.Restoration Project at Alamatong Wellfield in Morris CountyPartners target removal of invasive Russian olive shrub on 600-acre wellfield, a primary water source for over 470,000 Morris County residents and habitat for a variety of birds and insects.Restoring bog turtle habitat in New York Federal, state, and NGO partners are working together with private landowners to restore the wetland habitat of the threatened bog turtle.Restoring Farmland in NevadaConservation partners are working to find ways, both vegetative and non-vegetative, to permanently protect farmland soils from wind erosion after irrigation water is removed.Restoring Shaded Coffee Plantations in Puerto RicoProject provides incentives and assistance to coffee growers to return “sun” coffee plantations to shade, improving environment and wildlife habitat. Revegetation Project at Cape May National Wildlife RefugeStudy to evaluate cost-effective direct seeding techniques for restoring severely degraded site at former Coast Guard base into quality wildlife habitat along the Atlantic Flyway in New Jersey.Rio Grande Basin InitiativeThe Rio Grande Basin is a highly productive agricultural area, with irrigated agriculture claiming more than 85 percent of its water.Roanoke Island Festival Park, NC Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Protection ProjectUsing effective partnerships, we restored 5-acres of marsh, seagrass, oysters, and maritime forest, opening new doors of cooperation between agencies and non-governmental organizations. Salt Cedar Brush Management Texas Landowners with federal cost-share funds are eradicating Salt Cedar in sections of the Canadian River to increase flow and benefit listed fish species.Santa Ana River Watershed ProgramThe Santa Ana Watershed Association develops and implements programs that enhance and sustain the natural resources of the river for wildlife and people.Saving Willamette Valley Species with CPRThe Cross Program Recovery Initiative (CPR) Initiative focuses on 11 listed and unlisted species where significant recovery is achievable over the next five years.Scarborough Marsh Wetland Reserve ProjectThe 3,100-acre Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management area, Maine's largest and most renowned salt marsh, is being restored in a 5-phased project, eliminating restrictions of natural tidal flows.Seabird Protection ProgramThe Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Ulupa’u weapons range is the site for a collaborative effort to protect red-footed boobies through state-of-the-art conservation practices.Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland CollegeIn the spirit of Sigurd F. Olson, we facilitate solutions to environmental problems through education, research and citizen involvement. Skagit Watershed Council: A Community Partnership for SalmonUsing a large and diverse membership, the Skagit Watershed Council has provided a successful forum for a collaborative and strategic approach to salmon habitat restoration and protection.Skaneateles LakeThe City of Syracuse established the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program (SLWAP) in 1994, as an alternative to a costly filtration system required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.Soap Lake Science and Community CollaborativeScience and education are bridging environmental goals and community economic development interests for the benefit of a unique natural resource. Sonoita Valley Planning PartnershipDisparate and previously conflicted interests collaborated to develop a watershed-wide plan to promote ecological health, leading to the creation of the Las Cienegas National Recreation Area.Sonoma Baylands Wetland Demonstration ProjectRestoration of a 320-acre tidal salt marsh helped to pull a vital dredging project out of a quagmire of environmental issues.South Florida Ecosystem RestorationGovernments, Tribes, NGO’s and others cooperate to restore the Everglades while addressing water supply and flood control needs of rapidly developing region.Southeastern New Mexico Working GroupGoal: To create a conservation strategy for the lesser prairie chicken and the sand dune lizard that will lessen the need for federal protection while allowing for ranching and oil & gas development.Southern Appalachian Elk RestorationRestoration of elk to its historic eastern range is underway in the southern Appalachians, with elk populations in Kentucky now exceeding 5,550.Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat InitiativeThe Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative is a cooperative conservation program to allow willing landowners to sell inholdings along salmon rivers for conservation and public access purposes.St. Clair Shores Waterfront Advisory CommitteeOur goals are directed towards promoting better water quality, a cleaner Lake St. Clair and greater public awareness concerning our waterfront stewardship.Stearns Farm Stream Restoration ProjectThis project is the restoration of an urban stream channel into a fully functioning headwater stream. This stream flows into Big Creek, the 3rd largest tributary to the Cuyahoga River.Sterling ForestHeadwaters to Sterling Falls Gorge protected by 2,150-acre land purchase by Friends of Sterling Valley and the Sterling Falls Gorge Natural Area Trust.Stewardship NetworkBy creating grassroots conservation communities, the Network increases capacity to care for natural lands and waters so that the sum of natural areas protection is greater than its parts.Suisun Marsh Managed Wetlands Enhancement ProjectThanks to a major NAWCA grant, the Suisun Marsh Managed Wetlands Enhancement Project will help enhance and restore water quality at one of California's largest and most important natural wetlands.Sun River WatershedA watershed project established in 1996, that benefits all water users in the Sun River BasinSuwannee River PartnershipThe Partnership is working with producers to improve river water quality through a voluntary program of Best Management Practices (BMP) and verification.Swamplovers PartnershipA 500 acre block of land in the Black Earth Creek watershed of rapidly developing Dane County has been protected along the Ice Age Trail.Tapoco Hydroelectric ProjectHistoric legislation passed in October 2004 allowed relicensing of four Alcoa hydroelectric dams in Tennessee and North Carolina and advanced the protection of nearly 10,000 acres of wilderness lands.Tar-Pamlico Basin Agricultural Management Strategy Reduces Instream NutrientsRow crops and animal operations led to excessive nutrients in the estuary. It was added to the state’s 303(d) list for chlorophyll a.Tern and Plover Conservation PartnershipEstablished in 1999, this Partnership protects river birds, prevents or resolves bird-industry conflicts, and educates and involves local communities.
Texas Master Naturalist ProgramMaster Naturalist volunteers provide education, outreach and service dedicated to beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.Thunderbird/Tajique Landscape ProjectsTwo landscape-scale projects with large partnerships are working to reduce fire hazard, improve forest health, and create jobs for community sustainability.Uncompahgre Plateau Project“UP” is a collaborative agency/community-based effort to restore the wildlife, native plants and natural ecological functions of the Uncompahgre Plateau.Unique Partnership Impacts Wetland and Stream Health The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams implements projects to restore and protect habitat and water quality in Kansas wetlands, streams, and riparian areas.Upper Klamath Basin Working GroupA community stakeholder group created by Senator Mark O. Hatfield in 1996 to develop consensus solutions to complex agricultural and endangered species issues associated with water allocations.Upper Mississippi River BasinNew drainage water management systems in the Midwest are improving water quality and wildlife habitat in the Mississippi River Basin.Upper Snake River Land Conservation ProjectThe combined efforts of BLM, local landowners, and conservation organizations has conserved more than 14,000 acres of private land along Idaho's upper Snake River.USDA, NRCS Partners with U.S. Army in New JerseyFort Dix and USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service have partnered for eight years to protect water quality at an active military training base.Utah Prairie Dog Recovery/Back From the Brink Program/Environmental DefenseThis partnership's new approach has begun to show that private landowners will participate in the recovery of listed species, even controversial ones, given the right incentives.Vulcan Materials Company Ruffner Mountain Nature CenterWildlife team creates a nature center on mountain preserve providing students in Birmingham the opportunity to reach new educational heights.Washington State Military Sustainability ProgramThe military sustainability program uses a multi-stakeholder process to integrate conservation and sustainable land practices into military operations.Washington's Crossing Near the very banks where George Washington launched his nation-defining attack, an 80,000-square-foot shopping plaza was planned.West Branch Restoration Project, ArizonaWest Branch landowners and Arizona Open Land Trust (now Arizona Land and Water Trust) partnered to restore and enhance wildlife habitat along the West Branch of the Santa Cruz River. West Eugene Wetlands PartnershipAn eight-organization partnership has implemented land acquisition, habitat restoration, environmental education and recreation facilities development over a 13-year period.Wetlands PartnershipProject converts agricultural land to public wetland and wildlife management area.White Mountain Apache TribeThe White Mountain Apache Tribe has created innovative strategies for balancing economic development and resource conservation.White Mountain Stewardship ProjectA 10-year stewardship contract was awarded to thin 150,000 acres of forest to protect communities from wildfire and stimulate wood industry.Wildlife Forever – Minnesota Twins Bass Fishing ClassicThe Wildlife Forever - Minnesota Twins Bass Fishing Classic raises funds for natural resource conservation and youth education projects while promoting the conservation of Twin Cities Metro lakes.Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art ContestThe State-Fish Art Contest has educated thousands of students nationwide about America’s fisheries, helping to creating knowledgeable future leaders of cooperative conservation efforts.Wildlife Habitat RegistryTo provide a web mapping tool to facilitate collaboration among wildlife biologist in federal, state, and tribal agencies and among NGO's involved in wildlife habitat projects.Willamette River Water TrailThe Willamette River Water Trail is a community-driven partnership effort that illustrates what can be achieved when local communities work together towards a common goal.Windbreak and Air QualityDemonstration sites have been created in Pennsylvania to evaluate the effects of windbreaks on odors coming from poultry, dairy and swine operations.Winyah Bay Focus AreaBroad-based coalition is conserving South Carolina’s coastal Winyah Bay watershed by land acquisitions, conservation easements, and wetland restoration.Yainix Ranch ProjectA working lands conservation easement and a conservation investment model supports sustainable approaches for ranch management and collaborative conservation solutions.