your resource for land conservation education and reference June 2013 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 land, you will help play a role in conservation and natural resource protection.

Invasive Species Management
Asian Long-horned Beetle. Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Private Landowner Network contains all the information you need to learn about the harms (PDF) of invasive species and tips on how to eliminate them (PDF). Take advantage of this information during your spring cleaning to make sure invasive species are not infringing on your agricultural profit, damaging the health of your trees, or affecting your ability to get outside and recreate! 

Use PLN's Conservation Toolbox to Learn More!

Eat Invasive Species to Save the Planet

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                                                                         Wild Boar and Garlic Mustard. Photo Credit:

You can help combat the spread of invasives like Wild Boar and Garlic Mustard by putting them on your dinner plate.

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an invasive plant that is spreading rapidly across the nation, dominating and eliminating native plant species. There are no known predators of garlic mustard, except for humans! The Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) is one of the most destructive invasive species on the planet, causing an conservatively estimated $1.5 billion in damage in the U.S.

Click on these links for Garlic Mustard Pesto and Wild Boar Tenderloin recipes!

Florida: A Hotbed for Invasive Species
Cuban and Green tree frogs
Cuban and Green tree frogs. Photo Credit: Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program

With a warm climate that many species can thrive in, Florida is a hotbed for invasive species that create huge ecological and economic damage. There are an estimated 130 invasive species of amphibians and reptiles alone, and dozens of invasive plants, insects, and mammals.

The Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) is hoping to stem the rising tide of invasives in the state.  Through multi-agency partnerships, FISP connects private and public landowners to professional expertise and assistance programs to help combat non-native species. As they are fond of saying, “invasive exotic species know no boundaries,” so in order to be effective they must work across boundaries as well.

Click Here to Learn More!

Pulling Together Initiative
Invasive Garlic Mustard. Photo Credit: Olivia Kwong.       

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation offers grants through its Pulling Together Initiative to control invasive species across the country. These grants create Cooperative Weed Management Area partnerships, which include private landowners, citizen groups, and invasive species experts. Together these partnerships create and implement long term weed management plans that drastically improve ecosystem health, farm, ranch and forest productivity, and educate communities. 

Click Here to Learn More!

Get Involved in the Management of Invasive Species
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                     Group listening to presentation on pond weed management. Photo Credit: NRCS

Across the country, there are many informational seminars and volunteer opportunities that can help you become knowledgeable and actively fight invasive species.

Here are some event opportunities for you to get involved in:
Help Conserve Vital Resources and Rural Communities Today!

Tell Us About Your Conservation Success 

PLN will be developing a webpage devoted to discussing the successes and challenges of farmers, forest owners, and ranchers. Click here to share your story on PLN.  

Have your Business's Name and Logo Displayed Here

Please contact Christine Force if you would like to appear in next month's issue or are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities.

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!
Become a Member of the RFF and its PLN

Click here to show your support for farmers, forest owners, and ranchers who are stewards of 71% of our country's land and learn more about membership benefits. 

The Lionfish Invasion Part I

Click here to listen to an interview of James Morris from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Studies on the invasive lionfish on NOAA's Diving Deeper podcast.

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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