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PLN News: August 2016

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Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America

 
On August 20th, Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America was screened in Rockland, ME. According to its creators, the film is "the story of a rare man and the wild creatures he loved...The legacy of Audubon is as timeless and vital as his art, and this film is an effort to appreciate him as he deserves."

The next screening is Sep. 9, 2016 at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, Steamboat Springs, CO.

RFF President Amos Eno Newest Board Member of MOHF

On August 12, 2016, Resources First Foundation President Amos S Eno was officially sworn in as the newest board member of the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

"I'm honored to be chosen as the newest board member of the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund," said Eno. "I look forward to working with my fellow board members to come up with new ideas for improving this fund which is so vital to the conservation of Maine's open spaces and wildlife habitat."

Update: Once Nearly Extinct California Island Foxes No Longer Endangered

Thanks to an aggressive recovery effort, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials have removed three subspecies on San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands from the endangered list. A fourth subspecies, the Santa Catalina Island fox, has been upgraded from "endangered" to "threatened."

Read the article here.

Farm-to-Table Restaurant a Winner for Local Farmers

Together, Chloe and Wesley Genovart, owners of SoLo Farm and Table, have made a dream come true, creating a farm-to-table dining experience that is, as Chloe describes, a “personal expression of their life experiences, passions and commitments to the industry” they adore.

She adds: "It means a lot for patrons to be able to see some of the ingredients in their natural state—it really connects people back to the land."

Read about SoLo here.

New Program Pays Central Valley Farmers to Grow Wildlife Habitat

Photo: Mathew Grimm
To combat the negative effects California's drought and increased development are having on the state's wildlife, the Environmental Defense Fund, along with a partner organization, has launched the Central Valley Habitat Exchange, a voluntary program that gives landowners - farmers and ranchers - incentives to create wildlife habitats on their land.

Learn more here.

"Women and Land" Conservation Learning Circle

Join American Farmland Trust for three sessions of engaging discussion and fellowship focused on women in agriculture and natural resources management in our region. The sessions are part of AFT's "Women and Land" Conservation Program, designed for female landowners like you, who own and make management decisions on Virginia forest or farm land.

The first of three sessions begins Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

KEA, Landowners Collaborate to Heal Idaho's Fernan Lake

This past May, the Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA), with the help of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s Nonpoint Source Management Program, stood up to the plate and decided to take on the goal of making Fernan Lake healthy again. That being said, Fernan Lake is sick...As KEA leads the way to making this beautiful Northern Idaho lake healthy again, they will look to the private landowners and the public of Kootenai County to bring Fernan Lake back to its healthy roots.

Read the rest of this guest post from KEA volunteer Cameron Cushing.
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Registration Closing Soon for Private Lands Partners Day 2016 - Florida!
Registration remains open for just a few short weeks for Private lands Partners Day to be held October 4-6 in Sebring, FL. The 9th annual meeting will focus on the land, water and people of the Northern Everglades. See Draft Agenda.
 
Increasing Impact with Community Conservation
When:
September 14, 2016 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

Description:
Learn how land trusts use 'ambassador lands' to further community conservation in this complimentary webinar.

Learn more and register.
 
Preserving the "Cowboy Side of California": Innovative Practices to Continue the Ranching Lifestyle.
When & Where:
September 7, 2016
V6 Ranch Day
70410 Parkfield-Coalinga Rd., Parkfield, CA 93451
Description:
Come and be a part of this on-the-ground learning day, connect with others who care about a healthy food system and help strengthen your local communities. Because we all have a stake in the way our food is grown.

Learn more and register.
 
New Leader of Maine Farmland Trust Announced
Amanda Beal, the daughter of a Maine dairy farmer who grew up to be a policy advocate and expert in agriculture and sustainability, was named president and chief executive officer of Maine Farmland Trust.
 

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