your resource for land conservation education and reference February 2014 Newsletter [ Archive ]

Resources First Foundation connects people to conservation through the Private Landowner Network, an extensive online database of conservation resources and information.  Resources First Foundation engages with and educates farmers, forest owners, and ranchers throughout the U.S. to inspire sustainable business and conservation practices. By supporting private landowners, who are the best and most efficient stewards of our country's land, you will help play a role in conservation and natural resource protection.
Endangered Species Survey
Photo: Sage Grouse in Red Desert. 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be reviewing hundreds of species over the six years to see which need protection under the Endangered Species Act. Unlike listing decisions in the past, many of the species under review live on privately owned land and will have an immense impact on private landowners. One of the species currently being reviewed is the Lesser Prairie Chicken, which has 95% of its habitat on private land.

Resources First Foundation is developing a website that will aid private landowners in conserving and restoring species habitat on their land and would like to hear from you.

Take this one minute survey and tell us what you need! All responses are confidential and anonymous. 
Introducing RFF Advisory Board Member Keith Ross

  Keith Ross photo  

The Resources First Foundation Advisory Board is just what it sounds like: It is a group of people who support what RFF is doing, and whom RFF can call on for advice or help. In this new segment, we will be introducing to you every week a member of the Advisory Board on the Private Landowner Network's Keep Working Lands Working blog.

First up is Keith Ross. At the request of RFF President Amos Eno, Mr. Ross joined the board about a year ago. He is a Certified Forester and Senior Advisor for LandVest's Consulting Group. You can find him on PLN here.

Read the interview on our blog, and stay tuned for more every week!
Happy 127th Birthday Aldo Leopold! 
Blackfaces on Smith Creek
Photo: Grazing at Smith Creek. 

January 11th marked Aldo Leopold’s 127th Birthday. Leopold had a deep passion for and insight into our natural surroundings. Through emotive writings and speeches he meticulously blurred the lines between science and art. His writings have inspired generations of conservationists, scientists, and the Private Landowner Network!

In his speech Conservation Economics (1934), he challenged traditional public land conservation and called for the development of incentives to induce private landowners to conserve their land. He argued that, geographically speaking, it is not possible for all of the most valuable land to be held in public ownership because it will always be held privately for agricultural production. Moreover, public lands will be dispersed limitedly because a high ratio of public to private lands will eliminate the tax base and any operating revenues for public land up keep. 

This is why the Private Landowner Network strives to provide information and resources to private landowners for conservation on their land. Read More Here
CSP Application Deadline Extended

Photo credit: NRCS.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service extended the deadline to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) until February 7th. Landowners that enroll in CSP earn higher payments for making conservation enhancements on their land to preserve soil quality, water quality, plant and animal resources, energy use, and prevent soil erosion. Since the CSP began five years ago, 9.5 million acres have been enrolled in advanced conservation.

The USDA administers a wide range of conservation programs that are funded through the Farm Bill. Even though Congress has not yet passed a Farm Bill, USDA agencies are accepting applications for certain programs, such as the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, and Value Added Produce Grants.

A Trip Through the African Wilderness
Guinea fowl peck at the rock strewn desert of Namibia. Photo credit: Amos S. Eno.

Resources First Foundation President Amos Eno recently returned from a trip through Botswana and Namibia with Wilderness Safaris. On the trip, he was able to meet with Russel Friedman, a founder of Wilderness Safaris and current trustee of the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, from whom he learned about the efforts of the Trust and Children in the Wilderness - both non-profit organizations created and sponsored by Wilderness Safaris.

He was also reminded of his early experiences in African forty years ago: In 1973, he worked with Robinson McIllvaine, then ambassador to Kenya, and author and  pioneer of 'community-based conservation' David Western. He met Friedman for the first time around five years later. These experiences, as well as others on the continent, helped to shape Eno's conservation philosophy.

Read the full story here.

Help Preserve Vital Resources and Rural Communities Today!

Welcoming Our New Conservation Leader: American Forest Foundation
RFF Membership

Become a member of RFF and its PLN and show your support for farmers, forest owners, and ranchers.

Businesses that become a member at the Conservation Leader level  will be provided with free advertising in our next newsletter!

To help private landowners, who are stewards of 71% of our country’s land, and learn about membership benefits click here or contact Christine Force.
Maintain your own PLN Profile

Service providers that are listed on the PLN can now update and maintain their own listings. If you are interested in creating a free listing, updating your current listing, or have questions about
this important feature click here!
Winter Weather Threatens Agriculture, Livestock

Find out what you can do to mitigate the damage and how the NRCS can help by clicking here.  
Affiliated Sites

Conservation Tax Center

Cooperative Conservation America

Maine Conservation Center

Houston Conservation Center

California Conservation Center

Mississippi Conservation Center

Arkansas Conservation Center

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