Publications

Living a Land Ethic

Living a Land Ethic

A story about Leopold Conservation Award Recipient Bill Sproul and how his personal land ethic inspired by Aldo Leopold helps him strive to improve the land regardless of whether he owns or leases it.

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The Delights and Dilemmas of Rare Species Conservation

The Delights and Dilemmas of Rare Species Conservation

A collection of success stories about rare species conservation that demonstrate how different types of land managers have worked, often collaboratively, to achieve outcomes that reverse species decline. The stories center around species such as the Greater Sage-Grouse, swift fox, and the Louisiana black bear, and how conservation actions can result in the removal of a species from the Endangered Species list, or the elimination of a need to be listed in the first place.

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Stories from the Range: Ranching and Sage Grouse Conservation

Stories from the Range: Ranching and Sage Grouse Conservation

A collection of stories provides a glimpse into how six western ranchers have collaborated to improve sage grouse habitat. The stories highlight how conservation by private landowners and other organizations can lead to positive outcomes that benefit both landowners and the wildlife they seek to protect.

With sage grouse populations spanning 11 energy- and agriculture-rich states, state and federal agencies have poured $750 million to protect, restore and manage habitat for the bird to head off a listing. None of this successful conservation work would have been possible without the active and voluntary engagement of private landowners

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Policy Analysis on Critical Habitat Exclusions

Policy Analysis on Critical Habitat Exclusions

An analysis of a proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy on Critical Habitat Exclusions provides organizations and individuals who have an interest in endangered species issues with a better understanding of the implications of this new policy and a set of recommendations for improvements to it.

Sand County Foundation, which serves as the fiscal sponsor for Mission:Wildlife, knows how important endangered species issues are, especially for landowners.  We have consistently advocated for greater application of incentives for landowners who voluntarily protect and enhance rare plants and animals.  Offering private property owners a pathway to exclusions from a critical habitat designation could be a powerful incentive for conservation as well as a remedy for one of the more injurious powers of the Endangered Species Act.

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Comments Invited on Draft USFWS Policy

Comments Invited on Draft USFWS Policy

A report from Mission:Wildlife and Sand County Foundation provides a summary of the draft U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy on declining species,and suggests ways it should be improved to create significantly greater benefits for wildlife, landowners and businesses.

July 22, 2014 the USFWS released a promising new policy intended to encourage conservation actions for declining species. Implemented correctly, the policy could lead to the creation of new state programs that prevent species from ever needing the protection of the Endangered Species Act, produce mitigation credits that benefit wildlife and create a valuable commodity for landowners and investors. However, the policy needs improvement to achieve these goals.

The deadline for the agency to receive comments is September 22nd. We share this report in hopes that it may help you develop and submit comments that would help create stronger prelisting credit programs for at risk wildlife.

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On the Land

On the Land

“On the Land” features compelling, in-depth stories of the lives and livelihoods of five Leopold Conservation Award winning landowners with distinctly different conservation stories.  Writer Andy Rieber’s deeply emotive accounts of these remarkable landowners will leave you feeling inspired.

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From Racing to Rights: Emerging Strategies for Improving Fisheries Management

From Racing to Rights: Emerging Strategies for Improving Fisheries Management

Fisheries experts increasingly emphasize the impact and usefulness of fisherman-to-fisherman exchanges. Sand County Foundation and the Alex C. Walker Foundation hosted North American fishers at a meeting that advanced the collective understanding of sustainable marine fisheries management. This report details the important lessons learned during that meeting.

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Improving Fisheries Management: Finding A Better Way

Improving Fisheries Management: Finding A Better Way

Building upon the successful fisheries workshop held in Del Mar, California in 2005 and arising from several important initiatives that emerged among the participants of that conference, Sand County Foundation, with support from the Alex C. Walker Foundation, Brenda Christensen and Tom Barry, the Bradley Fund for the Environment, and Kingfisher Foundation, brought together more than 50 fishers for a second “Improving Fisheries Management” conference. This report details the important lessons learned during that meeting.

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Running Free: The Baraboo River Restoration Story

Running Free: The Baraboo River Restoration Story

With partnership funding from the Bradley Fund for the Environment and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, among others, Sand County Foundation was able to coordinate the successful removal of the LaValle Dam while at the same time creating leading-edge research opportunities. More importantly, this was done in such a way that dam owner rights were respected and the community was actively involved in the project.

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