Resources First Foundation

Resources First Foundation (RFF) is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000 to provide conservation education tools and solutions to promote conservation and restoration activities for fish, wildlife and other natural resources primarily on privately owned lands across the United States.

Since its inception, RFF has been guided by the principle that any comprehensive conservation strategy must address the human component for widespread adoption of conservation values. As such, RFF recognizes private landowners as stewards of the land, and caretakers of our future natural resources. 61% of our nation’s landscape (71% of the continental U.S.) is in private ownership, yet the overwhelming majority of our public and philanthropic financial resources are focused in public land conservation, ignoring the largest segment of the market needing conservation assistance, tutelage and freedom to innovate.

Current program areas include:

  • The development of web-based projects designed to serve the conservation objectives of the private landowner community across the United States.
  • Community-based conservation and education projects in the Southern tier of Africa through the Wilderness Safaris Wildlife Trust.
  • The purchase of high seas and interceptory Atlantic salmon fisheries through the Atlantic Salmon Fund.
  • Community-based education, conservation, and improvement programs on Bequia, St. Vincent through Moonhole Friends Foundation

Contact Resources First Foundation

Amos Eno
President / Executive Director
74 Lunt Road
Suite 302
Falmouth, Maine  04105
Phone: (207) 536-0831
Fax: (207) 536-0853


Service Area

National service provider

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6 Introductory articles were found for Resources First Foundation

pdf A Tuning Fork for Conservation by Amos S. Eno, President, Resources First Foundation, November 4, 2012

This is the presentation to the Simsbury Connecticut Land Trust given by Amos Eno, President, Resources First Foundation on November 4, 2012.

Today in the world of conservation the tide is changing, public funds for the long cherished environmental agenda of public land acquisition are running out with the ebbing tides at both the federal and state levels. The choice facing us, is do we try to swim against the tide, or go with it and realign our objectives? Having spent my life by the ocean, being respectful of the forces of nature, I am throwing my lot with the tide. It is high time for a conservation realignment.

pdf National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Public Lands Council Rancher Conservation Summit

pdf Private Lands for Endangered Species Recovery

pdf Private Lands, the New Conservation Frontier, A Maverick’s Thesis

Private land stewardship cannot be coerced. It must be encouraged, incentivized, recognized, rewarded, highlighted through profiling innovative leaders, and above all, made clear and relatively straight forward. The RFF solution is to focus on actionable information in a neutral setting with a user friendly interface and a long reach into rural communities through networks of service providers listed in our yellow pages. RFF focuses on empowering landowners to engage in conservation activities with an innovative approach that involves a home computer, the internet, networks of local experts, and a searchable directory of information, resources, and local points of contact.
The traditional approach to complex conservation problems involved environmental activists, lawyers, policy makers, regulations, litigation, and legislation - the top-down approach.  This approach often demonized farm, ranch and forest owners and placed the highest value on the environmental objective - often a designated place to conserve plants or wildlife.  A private landowner’s needs, including their livelihood, intergenerational transfer of land, and the sustainability of their operations were discounted or ignored.  

pdf State of the Land 2006, A brief inventory of public and private land in the United States

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Quoted from an essay by Thoreau lamenting the way in which modern urban life has made natural resources into commodities and isolated people from the natural processes on which their lives depended. Move forward to 2006, “open space” or “green space” has nearly replaced ‘wilderness’ in our vocabulary with the rise in the development of the rural landscape. The US population is now over 300 million and more and more people are sprawling out from the urban areas into the country. This push outward is having a measurable effect on our open spaces. Farmland near cities has seen its value inflated by demand for conversion to non-farm uses. People are often willing to pay more than agricultural value in order to live in primarily rural areas. For example, in Iowa there are now more non-farmers living in rural areas than there are farmers.

The Challenge of Maintaining Working Forests in 21st Century America