From a speech given at the State Resource Conservation Workshop for Youth in Clemson, South Carolina.
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From a speech given at a public policy seminar for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service executives in Washington, DC.
The information presented in this booklet is designed to explain how municipalities and conservation organizations can use Chapter 61 laws to protect important natural resources in their communities. The report advises cities and towns facing conversions of classified lands in the evaluation and potential acquisition of the properties.
This report introduces some of the issues that are influencing the development of a conservation title in the 2007 farm bill. It then reviews the contents of the House Agriculture Committee's discusion draft and more briefly summarizes provisions in some of the other bills that have been introduced (H.R. 1551, S. 919, H.R. 1600, and H.R. 1766). The committee draft would provide more modest increases in funding for conservation programs than many of the alternative conservation bills are calling for, add some new freestanding conservation initiatives in areas such as working cooperativley and using market-based approaches, add new topics--forest management and invasive species, for example--to some existing programs, and reauthorize all expiring conservation programs. The other three bills discussed in this report include large conservation sections and would make more substantial changes to some conservation programs, while providing more funding to the conservation effort.
The guide first discusses a variety of federal conservation funding programs and their requirements for participation. Many of these programs have a special focus on protecting wetlands, scarce wildlife habitat, urban watersheds, undeveloped coastline, or farmland. Although not all of these programs are devoted entirely or specifically to fee and easement purchase, they may well prove valuable in an overall strategy that includes participation by federal, state, tribal, and local governments, non-profit conservation organizations and land trusts, and private interests -- from industry and small businesses to foundations and individual donors. Appendix B contains information on the Fiscal Year 2003 appropriations for each of these programs, sources of funding, allocation of funds, typical project grant size, and special purposes.
The guide then summarizes state and local funding options, including notable innovative projects.
From a speech given at the Kiwanis Club in Boise, Idaho.
Speech given at the State Work Unit Conservationists' Conference in Boise, Idaho.
From a speech given at the State-Wide Conference of Work Unit Conservationists, Engineers and Soil Scientists, Soil Conservation Service in Lexington, Kentucky.
From a speech given at the annual meeting of the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts in College Park, Maryland.
From a speech given at the Woodland Workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire.
From a speech given at the Program Planning Leadership Course at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.
Speech given at the regional winter area meeting of the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts in Cookesville, Tennessee.
From an address at the 22nd Annual Convention of the Georgia Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors in Macon, Georgia.
From a speech given at the annual meeting of the New York Soil and Water Conservation Districts Association in Utica, New York.
The following paper from American Farmland Trust (AFT) advocates for promoting the voluntary implementation of Conservation Cropping Systems (CCS) to improve agricultural soils as the first line of defense to protect water quality as Illinois implements its Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).
Conservation easements are coming under increased scrutiny from Congress and the Internal Revenue Service. Pressure is intensifying on easement holders to guarantee monitoring and enforcement of easements in perpetuity.
Against this backdrop, AFT convened a roundtable meeting on March 21, 2005, with support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to examine easement stewardship programs around the country. Land trust representatives, NRCS staff, local and state farmland protection program representatives and Land Trust Alliance (LTA) staff attended the meeting. A follow-up session based on the roundtable discussion is planned for the 2005 LTA Rally. The following white papers, which describe participants' easement stewardship programs, are available on the FIC Web site:
1. Reducing the Cost of Conservation Easement Stewardship by Engaging Landowners in Easement Compliance Self-Certification – Land Trust of Virginia
2. Conservation Easement Stewardship Program – Minnesota Land Trust
3. Easement Stewardship for Landscape Scale Conservation Easements – Legacy Partners, LLC
4. Vermont Land Trust Stewardship Systems
5. Easement Stewardship Systems – Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust
6. Easement Stewardship – Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation
7. Comprehensive Stewardship in the Upper Snake River Valley – Teton Regional Land Trust
From a speech given at the annual meeting of the Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts in Denver, Colorado.
From a speech given at the meeting of the Kentucky Council of Chapters of the Soil Conservation Society of America in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
From a speech given at the Soil Conservation Service New York AC/State Staff Conference in Long Island, New York.