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Nature in the City: Wildlife Returns to Greater Chicago - Care2.com

Nature in the City: Wildlife Returns to Greater Chicago - Care2.com | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
Rewilding has helped return wildlife to the greater Chicago area. Here's how.
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A long history of public land conservation coupled with citizen stewards have produced enough restored habitat to draws coyotes, deer, and otter to Cook County. A good sign.

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The First Ecological Land Units Map of the World | Esri Insider

The First Ecological Land Units Map of the World | Esri Insider | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it

The US Geological Survey (USGS) and Esri are pleased to announce the publication of the most detailed global ecological land units map in the world. This exciting new global data set provides a science platform for better understanding and accounting of the world’s resources.  Scientists, land managers, conservationists, developers, and the public will use this map to improve regional, national, and global resource management, planning, and decision making.

 

See more at: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/esri-insider/2014/12/09/the-first-detailed-ecological-land-unitsmap-in-the-world/#sthash.KZgHFWI6.dpuf


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Urban Waters Small Grants Program | US EPA

Urban Waters Small Grants Program | US EPA | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
Congratulations to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and the UCLA Institute of the Environment... http://t.co/wRMi9VYwvz
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$40k - $60k grants awarded to  fund research, training, surveys, and demonstrations that advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality,  community revitalization, and other local priorities. Looks like a good opportunity for watershed associations and urban regional conservation partnerships that have a focus on environmental justice.

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Seed dispersal study shows value of conservation corridors - National Science Foundation

Seed dispersal study shows value of conservation corridors - National Science Foundation | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
National Science Foundation (press release)
Seed dispersal study shows value of conservation corridors
National Science Foundation (press release)
The experiment, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S.
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Study confirms value of vegetative corridors for plant species movement, especially when the corridor runs with the prevailing winds. 

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CT Regional planning agencies encouraged to merge

CT Regional planning agencies encouraged to merge | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
Morris approves joining Northwest Hills regional planning group Torrington Register Citizen MORRIS >> At a town meeting Wednesday night, Morris was one of the first towns to approve the merger of the two regional planning organizations that make up...
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Regional planning agencies are being encouraged to merge in CT to save on costs. Fairfield County contains portions of three regional planning groups. I wonder if land conservation trusts in the state would, in time, consider doing the same. 

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Cross-sector collaboration and the global water crisis - The Guardian

Cross-sector collaboration and the global water crisis - The Guardian | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
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Cross-sector collaboration and the global water crisis - live chat round-up
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Large businesses often take the lead when it comes to tackling water risks – they have the resources to do so.
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One way to scale-up successful models of collaboration is by coordinating a higher-level network of partnership leaders that facilitates opportunities for problem solving among the members. Driven by self-interest, the outcome is that successes, failures and their associated lessons are all valued currency.

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Twitter / SavingWildlands: KNLT's first land protection ...

Twitter / SavingWildlands: KNLT's first land protection ... | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
KNLT's first land protection project, Blanton Forest, is the 13th largest old growth forest in the eastern US. http://t.co/D70Epgsctu
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This year's RCP Network Gathering will be on Nov. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, NH. The day's workshops will include one on the science and art of conserving wildlands. Go to http://wildlandsandwoodlands.org/rcpnetwork for more information.

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Expanding Horizons: Highlights from the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

Expanding Horizons: Highlights from the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
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See Foreword by Tony Hiss, who notes "Y2Y has inspired plans for “H2H,” a 50-mile-long corridor of land just beyond the affluent northern suburbs of New York City, stretching from the Housatonic River, in Connecticut, to the Hudson River, in New York, that has been identified as a “resilient landscape” that, once protected, could dramatically slow the effects of climate change."

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The Solution to Overloaded Water Infrastructure? Urban Conservation

The Solution to Overloaded Water Infrastructure? Urban Conservation | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
Cities and suburbs face billions of dollars in investments and repairs to comply with Clean Water Act standards. The NRDC outlines some of the urban water conservation methods municipalities can take to reduce stress on these infrastructure systems.
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A future with more people and a changing climate promising more frequent rain storms of greater intensity may be just the motivation communities need to adopt practical, old-school water conservation practices (as described in a new NRDC report (http://www.nrdc.org/water/files/clean-water-act-urban-conservation-IB.pdf)). And these  practices will be welcomed by the citizenry no doubt, but more storms means more water infiltrating crumbling combined stormwater and sewer pipes. Yes, reduce the amt. of water being used per person, but Washington needs to wake up to the impending "storm":  in order to comply with the Clean Water Act, at least 298 billion dollars is needed to replace aging waste water systems across the country. 1 trillion dollars may be needed to replace aging drinking water supply systems (see http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#p/home). The good news is that investing in infrastructure, makes good financial sense: band-aids can be good, but replacements can be better. At the peak of the American Recovery and Investment Act's effect, 12.3 jobs were created for every $100,000 spent by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy—much of which was for infrastructure. Assuming the same ratio, over 36,000 people would find new jobs if America fixed its sewer systems.  And with 1 trillion spent on drinking water?  Over a hundred million jobs over 20+ years.

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Group invests $35 million to preserve, restore Delaware River basin watershed -

Group invests $35 million to preserve, restore Delaware River basin watershed - | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it

Pennsylvania Group invests $35 million to preserve, restore Delaware River basin watershed.“This partnership highlights how a cooperative approach for applying conservation activities on private and public land is...

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William Penn Foundation invests $35 million to conserve 30,000 acres in the Delaware River watershed, the drinking water source for 15 million people. The Foundation said the money would be used to also restore riverbanks and buffer key clusters of land in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, said Peter Howell, the executive vice president of the Open Space Institute, the New York-based organization that will oversee much of the preservation.

 

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US Interior Department ends federal 'Blueway' program - Baxter Bulletin

US Interior Department ends federal 'Blueway' program - Baxter Bulletin | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
US Interior Department ends federal 'Blueway' program
Baxter Bulletin
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Two take-home lessons: time earning buy-in from key local stakeholders is time well-spent; do the work, be flexible and take the long view.

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Stanford: How Pest-Eating Birds from Nearby Forest Patches Boost Coffee Yields

Stanford: How Pest-Eating Birds from Nearby Forest Patches Boost Coffee Yields | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
Stanford: How Pest-Easting Birds Boost Coffee Yields Patch.com By differentiating the financial gains of different conservation strategies – large but distant preserves versus small, local stands of trees – Karp thinks the study could provide a...
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Richard T.T. Forman's "Aggregate with Outliers" spacial concept model for sustainable landscape design shows up in this article on the benefits to crop yields from pest predation by birds living nearby in little stands of trees (2 football fields). Having "little bits of nature" interspersed in agricultural fields results in both economic and ecological gains. 

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CLC Collaborates with Dutchess Land Conservancy | Columbia ...

CLC Collaborates with Dutchess Land Conservancy | Columbia ... | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
“It's great to be partnering with the Dutchess Land Conservancy to support working farms and protect farmland,” says Marissa Codey, CLC's Conservation and Agricultural Programs Manager. “Both organizations are ...
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Columbia Land Conservancy, a member of the Taconics Partnership, is working across its southern boundary with its neighbor, Dutchess Land Conservancy, to expand a sucessful model that facilitates lease agreements between landowners seeking to have their land farmed and farmers seeking land. The article describes the direct values of the program:


"Leasing enables farmers to start and expand their operations with significantly less capital and risk."


"Landowners also benefit with the potential for lower taxes, free or low cost upkeep of their land, improved soil quality, and rental income."

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Trust for Public Land Announces Conservation Opportunity for The Preserve - Patch.com

Trust for Public Land Announces Conservation Opportunity for The Preserve - Patch.com | Regional Conservation Partnerships | Scoop.it
Trust for Public Land Announces Conservation Opportunity for The Preserve Patch.com If the acquisition is successful, the land will be permanently protected from future development and open to the public to enjoy for passive recreational activities...
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This 1000-acre open space property, a much-beloved community resource located in three towns (Old Saybrook, Essex and Westbrook), is within the territory of the Lower CT River and Coastal Region Land Trust Exchange, one of six Regional Conservation Partnerships in CT. TPL is on the job, once more.

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