your resource for land conservation education and reference May 2016 Newsletter [ Archive ]


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The recently created Disappearing West Project website, a collaboration between Conservation Science Partners and the Center for American Progress, features an interactive map that enables visitors to investigate patterns of natural area loss and explore the impacts of urban sprawl, energy development, transportation infrastructure, and agriculture and timber.

According to the report, urban sprawl accounted for more than half of land lost from 2001-2011, emphasizing "private landowners and land trusts can help safeguard remaining natural areas through conservation easements and wise agricultural practices."

The report includes figures, tables, downloadable data, and videos that explore the loss of natural areas in the West and its effect on the region’s communities, wildlife, and way of life. Click here to visit this fascinating new website.

Small Woodlots are a Big Deal to the Chesapeake's Restoration

Trees clean our air, create habitat, contribute to our economy and provide recreation such as hiking. Photo: Mike Land
There is little debate as to how crucial forest functions are to the quality of our streams, rivers and the Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Program model estimates that our woodlands prevent more than 180 million pounds of nitrogen from reaching the Chesapeake every year.

Around 80 percent of these forests are owned by more than 900,000 private landowners or entities. Read the article here.

Your Family Forest: Protecting Your Land Against Wildfire

Protecting your family forest from catastrophic wildfire takes active management.
The disastrous wildfire which turned the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta into ashes has put all of North America on red alert for an early and intense wildfire season.

The video above from the University of California's Forestry Extension provides landowners with information on preparing you family's forest should a wildfire occur in your area.

Wyoming Stock Growers Association Annual Roundup BBQ

Support the conservation of Wyoming's landscapes, natural habitats and wide-open spaces on Saturday, August 27th. Presented by the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, the Annual Roundup BBQ is your opportunity to assist this important work.

Learn more and become a sponsor today.

American Tree Farm System Celebrates 75 Years


Over the past 75 years, family-owned forests have faced many challenges, some of which have remained constant – such as the impeding threat of wildfire – while others have evolved as society’s needs have changed.

In the face of these challenges, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has helped woodland owners continue to ensure these forests help meet the needs of Americans for clean water, clean air, wood for products, homes and energy, and a place for our wildlife.

Learn more here.
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30th Sage and Columbian Sharp-Tail Grouse Workshop
When & Where: June 13-16, 2016 | Lander, WY

Host: Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Register: Click here to register

Presenters: Dozens of presentations and posters from a variety of biologists, land managers, and sagebrush ecosystem specialists.

Description: A biennial gathering of grouse management professionals sharing current research and management practices. See the tentative agenda here.
Registration Open for Private Land Partners Day (PLPD) 2016
When & Where: Oct.4-6, 2016 | Sebring, FL

Host: Partners for Conservation

Register: Click here to register

Description: PLPD brings together private landowner leaders from across the country to share their personal experiences with cooperative efforts to conserve rural working landscapes along with habitat for fish and wildlife.

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