Passenger Pigeon’s Extinction Teaches Valuable Lessons Today

2014 marks the Centennial of the passing of the last known Passenger Pigeon.  Once by far one of the most abundant birds in the world, it was driven to extinction by humans after decades of over-hunting, especially in nesting grounds.  As a lesson to all of us about our relationship with wildlife today and the […]

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Farm Bill may increase partnerships for better soil health and water quality

    President Obama’s signature today completed the process of enacting a new Farm Bill, some 500 days after the old one was to have expired.  Changes in the Farm Bill’s Conservation Title have potential to increase the effectiveness of USDA agencies in building partnerships for better soil health and water quality. By consolidating several […]

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Who Owns the Environment?

Ever stop to really think about who “owns” the environment?  The question of how to reconcile private property with the the protection of the earth, air and water goes back through the ages.  Are market-based or property-rights-based approaches to environmental protection legitimate?  In this column on conservefewell.org, Tracy Mehan concludes that while not always the […]

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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.

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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 their concerns.

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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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