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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Al Montna

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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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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