Neighbors Helping Neighbors Through Prescribed Burn Associations

Neighbors helping neighbors is a proud tradition in the western Great Plains — from community barn raisings to moving cattle. Prescribed burn associations are a modern manifestation of that long-lived pioneer tradition. They are composed of ranchers and farmers, and their neighbors, relatives and friends who work together to bring back another ancient tradition, fire, […]

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Evolution of the U.S. Farm Bill

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) spends considerable time working with Farm Bill conservation programs—from conservation delivery and policy staff who spend time working with partners to ensure more effective on-the-ground application of the programs to the science staff who develop biologically-based decision support tools to site these programs for the most effective and efficient […]

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Grassland Bird Habitat Supported Through Prescribed Fire Councils

Native Americans used fire to manage rangeland for thousands of years, but a hundred-year burning hiatus followed European settlement of the North American heartland. Those decades of fire suppression allowed invasive plants to negatively alter the landscape. Now, rangeland researchers and managers are proponents of burning, when done safely and in a controlled setting. In […]

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Partners Use ConocoPhillips Funding to Help Restore Wetland Habitat

In 2011, Ducks Unlimited received a ConocoPhillips grant to help restore over 196 acres of wetland habitat in Weld County, Colorado, and protect it through a 30-year conservation agreement with the landowner. The property has been owned by the family since 1979 and managed as a wildlife refuge and family duck hunting property for the […]

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Partners Help Texas Landowner Restore Playas

When Jan Minton inherited her great-grandfather’s farm in Floyd County, Texas, she knew she was going to need some help. As a former Natural Resources Conservation Service biologist, she understands that ranching and protecting the natural ecosystem are not mutually exclusive. Wanting to restore the wetlands on the property, she reached out to the D.M […]

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