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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Sage-Grouse Success – A Victory for Voluntary Conservation

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced their decision to not list the Greater Sage-Grouse as an endangered species. It was a great day not just for the Greater Sage-Grouse, but also the land stewards out west who have been working hard to implement conservation practices to improve habitat for the showy bird. While we celebrate the […]

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Spotlight Shines on Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts on Western Ranches

With controversy growing around potential federal protection of the Greater sage grouse, a new report from Sand County Foundation demonstrates how ranchers in the West are working collaboratively to enhance critical sagebrush habitat where the bird lives. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under court order to make its decision by September on whether […]

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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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