California wetland

Wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate

Water scarcity has been at the forefront of environmental concerns for a number of years. Now, we're seeing a gradual disappearance of marshes and wetlands.

Big win for small farms

Last month, many small farms were concerned that the regulations involved in the impending Food Safety Modernization Act might put them out of business. But, the FDA has responded to ...

Giacomini family

Giacomini family receives California conservation award

Sand County Foundation, Sustainable Conservation, and the California Farm Bureau Federation named the Giacomini family as the recipient of the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in California.

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Stowell family

Stowell family receives statewide conservation award in Utah

Sand County Foundation, Utah Farm Bureau, Western AgCredit and the Utah Cattlemen’s ...

How do we balance needs of energy, water, and climate?

A recent MIT study urges that it's crucial to address climate change ...
Dick & Kim Cates

Leopold Conservation Award recipient announced in Wisconsin

Cates Family named the recipient of the Leopold Conservation Award, honoring Wisconsin ...

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Civic Leadership and Partnership Produce a Safer, More Economical Riverway in Wisconsin

After reading about recent deaths associated with dams, Sand County Foundation’s President Brent M. Haglund, Ph.D. shares a success story about how dam removal ultimately results in safer rivers. Aged, unsafe dams across U.S. rivers and streams kill more than vital migrating fish communities and water quality. They kill people by drowning. Scott McFetridge’s recent […]

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Conservation Cuts: Will they cost us more in the long run?

Over the past couple of years, conservation funding in the U.S. has taken some pretty big hits, and some worry that the cuts could continue into FY 2016. Funding cuts have affected important USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). These programs […]

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Innovations at Full Belly Farm

Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Redmond and Dru Rivers of Full Belly Farm have led the way in conserving water through their innovative water management methods during California’s historic drought. The farmers, recipients of the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award® in California, show others in the farming community the way to continue their work and conserve […]

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Good Policy Can Reduce Deer-vehicle Crashes

With the gun deer season ahead, Sand County Foundation’s Kevin McAleese shares a perspective on how appropriate deer management policy can reduce the devastation of deer-vehicle crashes. News is trickling out about victim compensation for the 21 deaths attributed to faulty ignition switches in certain GM models. Already 2.6 million vehicles have been recalled at […]

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Putting a Price on Rice Fields: a habitat ducks can’t live without

Valuing ecosystem services has been notoriously difficult for portions of the conservation community that believe putting a price tag on nature will enhance our decision-making about natural resource management. When facing a decision between, say, building a new highway with quantifiable economic benefit or protecting a wetland whose value is unknown, the highway is more […]

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Earth Day – 44 Years After It Began

By Brent M. Haglund, Ph.D. “California’s Thirsting Farmland: Farmers Seek Solutions” is the headline in the 21 April 2014 New York Times Business Day section. The severity of another California drought has caught many of that state’s farmers and ranchers in the vise of greater societal water demands and their recent decisions to grow more […]

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