How Farm Bill Programs can further Landscape Conservation

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On October 5, 2011, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy released a new working paper entitled "America's Working Lands: Farm Bill Programs and Landscape-scale Conservation". The report, authored by Robert Bendick and Lynn Scarlett, Co-Chairs of the Coordinating Council for the Practitioners' Network of Large Landscape Conservation, explores the relationship between Farm Bill conservation programs and large landscape conservation. Specifically, the report addresses how well the current implementation of Farm Bill conservation programs support landscape-scale conservation and what administrative and legislative measures might enhance large-landscape conservation.

America's Working Lands emerged from discussions with practitioners and resource professionals focused on large landscape conservation. America 2050 and Regional Plan Association have joined in these discussions to form a Practitioners' Network for Large Landscape Conservation.

A link to the report is available by visiting the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's website

In the Northeast Megaregion, complex urban development patterns and high demand for land and resources pose particular challenges for conservation. America 2050 and RPA are working across political jurisdictions to produce a comprehensive inventory of landscape conservation initiatives that protect watersheds, wildlife habitat, and other natural processes at the appropriate geographic scale. The project was launched in November, 2010 with the support from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area.

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