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Planting new hope in the Umpqua River basin

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A sugar pine seedling grows within the Archie Creek Fire scar. Seedlings are planted in the early spring so they are not damaged by hot and dry summer weather. Forest Service photo by Adrienne BarcasEditor’s note: The USDA Forest Service recently announced a 10-year strategy to confront the wildfire crisis and improve forest resilience. Wildfires create more than 80…
restoration, fire, wildfire, forestry, forest health, forest management, vegetation, partnerships, contracts, umpqua

Let it snow! Great American Outdoors Act and local partnerships give Wyoming trail system new life

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A groomed path leads into the Willow Creek area (Photo Credit: Rio Rose, Lander Cycling Club)Every time snow covers the ground, it brings magical opportunities to reconnect with nature. The snow muffles all sound as you cross-country ski except the snow crunching under your skis and offers an almost meditative experience. The feel of the physical exercise combined…
Great American Outdoors Act, recreation, partnerships, youth corps, winter

Partnership Protects Public Access in a Landscape Fit for a King

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A stunning landscape called Castle Valley, near Lake Tahoe, is the heart of one of the most heavily-used backcountry recreation areas in the northern Sierra Nevada region of California. The 400-plus acre valley is also a primary access point to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail that winds its way through the Sierra’s, providing picturesque vistas and some solitude. Because of its key…
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Secretary’s Column: new approach to conservation creates new partnerships, new jobs

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When USDA unveiled the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program last year, I said that this effort would pioneer a new era of conservation. As of today, the program is doing just that—leveraging an unprecedented three-quarters-of-a-billion dollar investment in projects to preserve clean land and water and create new jobs across the country. One of the innovative programs in the…
conservation, farm bill, food farm and jobs bill, jason weller, NRCS, partnerships, regional conservation partnership program, tom vilsack, secretarys column

Partnership to help sage-grouse continues to grow

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When many different groups come together for a common goal, the impacts can be tremendous. That’s the case for the sage-grouse, an at-risk bird in the American West. Since 2010, over 1,100 ranches have teamed with the Sage-Grouse Initiative (SGI) and conserved 4.4 million acres across 11 western states, an area equivalent of 2 Yellowstone National Parks. The diverse partnership led by…
conservation, jason weller, NRCS, partnerships, sage grouse, sage grouse initiative

Secretary’s Column: partnerships power conservation efforts

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When USDA launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program several months ago, we talked about our hope that this new way of doing business would build coalitions of unlikely partners and bring new money and resources for conservation projects to the table. The overwhelmingly positive response to this new approach has far exceeded our initial expectations. Over the past several months,…
rural partners, conservation, farm bill, food farm and jobs bill, NRCS, partnerships, regional conservation partnership program, secretarys column