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PLN News February 2015

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Stewardship with Vision - Episode 1: Jeff Laszlo

The Western Landowners Alliance is pleased to announce the first episode of their Stewardship with Vision short film series. Episode 1 features Jeff Laszlo of Granger Ranches Montana's Madison Valley.

Agriculture Secretary announces funding for 115 conservaiton projects  in 50 States

Winter on Lake Erie. Photo: Mark K.

Two weeks ago, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Read the announcement in its entirety here.

The new RCPP program includes a $17.5 million tri-state projects to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Read about the project here.

USDA seeks applications for CSP, CIG funding

Conservation Steward Program farm tour. Photo: USDA.

The USDA will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit applications by Feb. 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year's funding.

Learn more here.

The USDA is also accepting applications for up to $20 million in grants to facilitate the creation of new, innovative markets for carbon credits as part of the Conservation Innovation Grant program. The application period will close Feb. 24, 2015.

Learn more here.

Interior still plans to decide on protection for sage grouse

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has reiterated the federal government will decide whether the greater sage grouse should get protected status despite legislation attempting to block such a listing."

Read the article here.

Forest fires in winter?

Photo: Springfield News-Leader.

Looking out the window at two feet of freshly fallen snow here in Freeport, Maine, it's hard to visualize a winter forest fire. But it's very real for those in the Central Plains.

"Over a three-day span (Jan. 17-19), 86 wildfires burned 1,322 acres in Arkansas. In approximately the same period, wildfires scorched 1,600 acres in Oklahoma."

Read the article here.
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