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PLN News: New conservation policies, our work in Texas and more.
August 2014
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New Credit Policy for Habitat Conservation

The New England Cottontail is just one species that would qualify under the new policy. Photo credit: USFWS Northeast Region.
As part of an on-going effort to provide more flexibility under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new mitigation credit policy that rewards landowners for implementing voluntary conservation actions for at-risk species.

Read the news release here.

Talking Sage-Grouse with Terry Messmer

A sage grouse puffs out his air sacs. Photo credit: Rob Crow.
With the development of the sage-grouse page on our Conservation Habitat Management Portal underway, I found this an opportune time to speak with Terry Messmer, PhD, director of Utah's Community-Based Conservation program.

Read on at our Keep Working Lands Working blog!

Survey Shows Growth in LPC Population

A lesser prairie chicken takes to the air. Photo credit: USDA.
The latest aerial survey showed the Lesser Prairie Chicken's range-wide population increased about 20% from last year to an estimated 22,415 birds. According to Bill Van Pelt, the grassland coordinator for the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, this is encouraging, but also reflects natural fluctuations attributed most likely to rainfall.

Read the article here.

House Passes "America Gives More Act"

A loon in the Maine's 762,192 acre Pingree easement, the US's largest. RFF's Amos Eno was key to its completion while at NEFF.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a bipartisan vote of 277 to 130 H.R. 4719 - "The America Gives More Act," which will make permanent the enhanced tax incentive for donating conservation easements.

Read more about the "America Gives More Act" here.

OR Ranchers Sign-on to Protect SG Habitat

The Harney County CCAA is just the start to sage-grouse conservation programs across the state. Photo credit: Rob Crow
Thirty-nine landowners enrolled a quarter of a million acres into a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances with the Harney Soil and Water Conservation District in Harney County, OR. Ranchers that voluntarily enrolled agreed to manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to sage-grouse and in return received assurances that if the species is listed under the Endangered Species Act, they will not face additional requirements. This CCAA is a template that other counties can use to increase conservation for the sage-grouse across the state.

Read more about the Harney County CCAA here.
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Save the Date!
Private Lands Partners Day 2014
Sept. 23-25, Starkville MS
This two day meeting brings together private landowners from across the country to share their personal experiences with efforts to conserve rural working landscapes and habitat for fish and wildlife.

Registration info here.
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Forest Service Webinar July 30th at 2pm

This webinar will discuss the importance of using social marketing and micro-targeting to engage woodland owners in stewardship practices.

Registration info here.
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