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.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.