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PLN News: February 2017

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Along the Rio Grande, Farms are the Future for Wetland Birds

Farmland is the Future
In New Mexico's Middle Rio Grande, conservation partners look at farmland owners as allies. They are a major part of the big-picture perspective that wetland conservationists have in this bottleneck in the Central Flyway.

Read the story here.

Space Cowboys: A New Generation of Prairie Keepers

 

How many cows can you graze and maintain a healthy prairie? Where and for how long? These are important questions for ranchers and scientists interested in sustainably supporting cattle and protecting prairie habitat for wildlife.

That’s why The Nature Conservancy in Oregon is partnered with other private landowners, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Idaho to use satellites to monitor vegetation cover on the Zumwalt Prairie. Yes, satellites.

Read more here.

Delmarva Fox Squirrel Continues to Do Well a Year After Endangered Species Act Delisting

Photo: Mark Hendricks.
The Delmarva fox squirrel, which was among the first species to receive federal protections under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, has made a comeback on the Delmarva Peninsula.

“Without cooperation from private landowners the Delmarva Fox Squirrel would not have been removed from the Endangered Species Act,” says Glenn Therres, associate director with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service. “We could have saved it from extinction, but it would not have recovered.”

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New Law Would Reduce Reporting Requirements for Conservation Programs

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) and Jim Calhoun visit at Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting.
Two congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle and very different regions of the country have filed a bill aimed at making it easier for farmers to apply for conservation programs administered by USDA.

Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., introduced the Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act or H.R. 1163 to ease the financial reporting requirements for farm conservation programs administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Farm Groups Release Cover-Crop Video

Protecting the Soil: Cover Crops for Clean Water
 
The video, Protecting the Soil: Cover Crops for Clean Water, features Vermont agronomists and farmers discussing strategies for using winter cover crops to help protect Lake Champlain and other state waterways.

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Forestry at the Public/Private Interface - A WLA Webinar & Discussion
Thu, Mar 9, 2017
12:00 PM -1:30 PM EST

The Western Landowners Alliance will host a panel of forestry experts representing private, public, and industry perspectives. Designed specifically for landowners and managers, the panel discussion will focus on the barriers to and opportunities in private land forest management in the West. Q&A will follow.

Register here.
 
A Look Forward:
Ag Law in 2017

It appears that 2017 could be an important year for a number of agricultural law issues. From the Clean Water Act, to “Ag Gag” legislation, to the Endangered Species Act, there are a number of pending cases that could have major impacts on the agricultural industry in the coming year.

Take a look at four of this year's biggest cases.

 

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