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.
Innovation & Leadership
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]