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2009 Mobile Bay "State of the Bay" Report Released

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program released it's annual report, "State of Mobile Bay - A Status Report on Alabama's Coastline from the Delta to Our Coastal Waters." was released.  This report focuses on an area that includes both Mobile and Baldwin Counties, the Mississippi Sound westward to the Alabama-Mississippi State Line, and the Alabama State marine waters in the north central Gulf of Mexico extending three miles south of Dauphin Island and the Fort Morgan Peninsula.

 



Agricultural Conservation Easements Primer
A great brochure on conservation easements put out by the American Farmland Trust. Explains the use and practicalities of easements.

Alabama Water Agenda Released
The Southern Environmental Law Center and the Alabama Rivers Alliance have produced the first Alabama Water Agenda. The agenda, unveiled at a press conference in Montgomery on January 23, identifies the six most urgent threats to the state's waters and outlines a series of actions to ensure that Alabama's waters are pure and plentiful for generations to come.

Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA)
Land conservation using multi-stakeholder consensus based negotiations related to a re-licensing process for 4 hydroelectric dams and associated reservoirs. Project objectives were to resolve the jurisdictional issue as mandated by FERC, conserve 10,000 acres of land, mitigate the effects of continued dam operation, restore flow rates, create a biological corridor and restore fish population/habitat.

Applications of Alabama Water Watch Data for Watershed Management

Alabama Water Watch began in 1992 and has conducted more than 1,000 workshops in nine levels of physical, chemical and biological monitoring for about 4,000 citizen volunteers.  Monitors have cumulatively submitted over 40,000 data records from 1,800 sites on 700 waterbodies using EPA-approved protocols.  About 80 percent of data records are currently entered by monitors into a customized database via the Internet and all data may be accessed, analyzed, mapped and graphed online by the general public.

There are three ways in which AWW data have been used for watershed management:
1) solving water quality problems at the local level through education, neighbor-to-neighbor persuasion and local ordinances, 2) adding or removing streams from the 303(d) list, developing TMDLs and including the data in the 305(b) report to Congress by the state regulatory agency, and 3) development of watershed management plans on various scales by stakeholder groups.  Most AWW monitors do not seem to be deterred by the slow pace of using their data for watershed improvements, and about 80 citizen groups consistently test water because it is “the right thing to do,” personally enriching and enjoyable.



Aquifer Recharge Protection Guidebook
A detailed publication on recharge protection published in 1993 for the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Assisting Land Conservation to Encourage Drinking Water Protecton - Presentation

Presentation for the Southeast Watershed Forum’s conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008, in Charleston, SC.

Assisting Land Conservation to Encourage Drinking Water Protecton - Jay Frick, NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources



Buffer$: An Economic Analysis Tool
Buffer$ is an economic spreadsheet tool for analyzing the cost-benefits of conservation buffers by resource professionals. Conservation buffers are linear strips of vegetation managed for multiple landowner and societal objectives. The Microsoft Excel based spreadsheet can calculate potential income derived from a buffer, including income from cost-share/incentive programs, agroforestry specialty products, leases, and other enterprise sources. The program can compare a proposed buffer income stream to that of various cropping alternatives. The tool can also be used to evaluate the economic impacts of removing an existing buffer.

Conservation Easements in Georgia

A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement between a property owner and a second party (the easement holder) that restricts the type and amount of development and use that may take place on the property. This site contains information on the use of easements in Georgia, their benefits and effectiveness. Links to transferable development rights and conservation subdivisions can also be found here.



Conservation Subdivisions in Georgia
Traditional subdivisions consist of large tracts of land that are subdivided in a grid maximizing the number of plots according to density allowed under the zoning ordinance. This design ignores important geographical and ecological features of the landscape that may be critical to the protection of water quality and devours green space. Conservation subdivision design, on the other hand, preserves a certain percentage of the land as green space while maintaining the same density of houses (neutral density). This is accomplished by clustering homes in pleasant neighborhoods that are surrounded by aesthetically and ecologically important preserved areas. The design process examines and sets aside conservation areas before selecting roads and house sites. These conservation areas are protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement.

ConserveMyLand.org

This online Conservation Planning Tool is designed to provide web-based conservation assistance to help landowners on the urban fringe understand the importance of their land in preserving their local rural heritage, local water quality and water supplies, and wildlife habitat.

A cooperative effort being piloted in central Tennessee, this planning tool provides case studies of local landowners who are implementing land conservation practices and best management practices. It highlights farmland preservation strategies, provides online tutorials, fact sheets and an email link for requesting technical assistance.

The feed-back e-mail system monitored by the Southeast Watershed Forum staff will direct requests for assistance to the appropriate program partner; the Land Trust for Tennessee, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Williamson County Soil and Water Conservation District, NRCS staff, or the Extension office.

It is hoped that this user-friendly web-based tool will encourage farmland preservation on the urban fringe and encourage installation of best management practices to maintain and improve local water quality and quality of life. It is hoped that this pilot will be expanded regionally to serve other counties facing similar threats to their rural heritage.



Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management
Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (Delta F.A.R.M.) began in 1998 through the combined efforts of producers, sponsors, and partner agencies, to assist farmers and landowners in the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Northwest Mississippi Delta region.  The program aims to conserve water and reduce nonpoint source pollution from agriculture and to conserve, restore, and enhance the environment of the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta.  Delta F.A.R.M. provides its members with technical information on conservation practices and promotes the members’ current conservation efforts.

Drought proofing your well - Florida
Drought-proof your well -- explains where your well water comes from, how drought conditions lower groundwater levels and what you can do to keep your well from running dry in times of drought

Economics of Unplanned Growth: Cost of Community Services Study - Cindy Haygood

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

In 2001, the Rolling Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council began working with Carroll County, Georgia to establish a farmland protection initiative. The Carroll County Farmland and Rural Preservation Partnership was formed as a partnership between the RC&D Council, the Cooperative Extension Service, and Farm Bureau. The first project adopted by the Partnership was the funding of a Cost of Community Services study.

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Endangered by Sprawl
The report, titled "Endangered by Sprawl" shows that imperiled plants and animals are not found only in remote wildernesses, but are intertwined with where most people live.  For example, in the report, even though the nation's 35 fastest growing large metro areas comprise just 8% of the land area of the lower 48 states, they are home to nearly one-third (29%) of the imperiled species analyzed - nearly 1200 species - in all.  And remarkably, 553 of these species (13%) are found only in the fast growing metro areas. In Alabama, the report identifies Shelby County, which is home to 27 imperiled species, as one of the fast growing areas nationally that has been impacted by sprawl. 


Environmentally Endangered Land Program

In 1990, Miami-Dade County voters approved a 2-year ad valorem tax for a 2-year period from 1990 to 1992 to fund acquisition, protection, and maintenance of environmentally endangered lands and wetlands.  A total of $90 million was raised for land acquisition.  The county established an Environmentally Endangered Land (EEL) program to administer the funds.  EEL is administered by the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management.



EPA 319 Nonpoint Source Success Story
Batie Creek was listed on Virginia's 303(d) list of impaired waters in 1998. The creek was listed because of low dissolved oxygen levels, caused by inflows of anoxic leachate due to a lumber company's improper disposal of sawdust. The low dissolved oxygen levels negatively affected a population of endangered cave isopods (a type of crustacean) in Batie Creek's headwaters. With help from an array of partners, led by the section 319-funded Karst Program of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Division of Natural Heritage, the company removed and reused most of the decomposing sawdust. Dissolved oxygen levels have rebounded, prompting the removal of Batie Creek from the impaired waters list in 2006. Click here to read the entire story.

EPA's Role in Source Water Protection

Presentation for the Southeast Watershed Forum’s conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008, in Charleston, SC.

 

EPA's Role in Source Water Protection - Debra Gutenson, US EPA, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water



Fairview, TN puts 722-acre park in conservation easement

From The Tennessean.com & the Fairview Observer
October 2008

Fairview Mayor Ken Brison reveals a new sign to be posted at the entrance to Bowie Nature Park, recognizing the park as property now protected by a conservation easement. The sign generated a round of applause following the official signing of the conservation easement. The signing ceremony took place prior to last Thursday night’s City Commission meeting at City Hall before a large crowd of park enthusiasts. John Stark, former Fairview mayor and activist for park protection, summed up the thoughts of many in the room, “This has been a long time coming!” City Commissioner Wayne Hall added, “The light is shining on Fairview tonight.”

 



Farmland Information Center
The Farmland Information Center is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a public private partnership between American Farmland Trust and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. The FIC Web site offers a collection of laws, literature, statistics, and technical resources, including fact sheets and sample documents. It also includes numbers for each state on amount of productive land converted.

Farmland Protection Initiatives in Tennessee: Pond Creek Watershed Project - Lena Beth Carmichael

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The Project is coordinated by UT Extension and concerns an agricultural watershed located in Loudon, Monroe, and McMinn Counties. The Project concentrates efforts on improving water quality by decreasing bacteria, nutrients, and sediment from farmland. The coordinator, with other agencies, works to improve management and facilities of these farms. The changes and improvements will help these farms to be better positioned as profitable operations in the future and remain in business as a farm.

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Wetland Restoration Information Center: a web portal to facilitate the ecological restoration of wetlands and their associated uplands.

Forsyth County's Farmland Preservation Program - North Carolina
As the first report from the National Assessment of Agricultural Easement Programs, this publication reviews the progress and experiences of 46 leading agricultural conservation easement programs in 15 states. Forsyth County's Farmland Preservation Program is the only program in North Carolina, and perhaps the only one south of Virginia, to have acquired more than 1,000 agricultural easement acres by 2002.

French Broad Conservation Corridor - Cheri & Colleen Cruze

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

We will be speaking on the local vision of the French Broad Conservation Corridor and how the vision came to be. We are a dairy farming family in Knox County, TN. and have placed a conservation easement on our 425 acre farm using the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, the first in Tennessee. Our farm is on the French Broad River and is the first of what is hoped will be many farms protected on this river.

 



General Information on Conservation Easements in Florida

A good educational flyer that discuses what conservation easements are, the benefits, how you find where they are and who is responsible for them. It is Florida based information, but generally applicable.



GREEN BUILDING COMMUNITY REPORT 2012

Green Building Community Case Studies - 2012

The report identifies why and how local governments have developed green building programs. It appears the motivating factors have been many, from meeting air quality standards, to reducing infrastructure costs, to saving energy costs and promoting a green image. The 125-page report contains highlights of the economic benefits from green building programs, factors that encourage green building programs, 16 case studies of community green building programs, a chart comparing 48 communities and their green building practices, and an appendix with additional information and web links.

The project was conducted on behalf of the Southeast Smart Growth Network, a consortium of over 20 universities, organizations and agencies working in southeastern communities to help implement smart growth policies and practices. Additional information on green building practices is also available from the EPA's Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Communities available at: www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/partnership/tools.html.

Or, go to http://www.southeastwaterforum.org/ to view individual state / city case studies.

Green Building Report - Spring 2012



Indian River Lagoon Blueway

In the early 1990s, Indian River Lagoon's six counties (Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach) and two water management districts, with the cooperation of the National Estuary Program (NEP), jointly developed a broad proposal for CARL state funding to create an Indian River Lagoon Blueway. Through acquisition of almost 9,000 acres of wetlands and uplands, including 626 parcels in 45 targeted areas, Blueway lands would connect with other public lands to form a natural buffer corridor along the lagoon.  The NEP's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Indian River Lagoon notes that such a program "will be a critical step toward protection, preservation, and restoration of the integrity, productivity, and biodiversity of the Indian River Lagoon's resources for this and future generations."



Land Trust of Hunsville and North Alabama Protects 69 Acres in Havest, Alabama

 September 9, 2009 - 69.03 Acres in Harvest Donated by Aronov Realty Management

HUNTSVILLE –  Located at the corner of Hwy. 53 and Jeff Road, the newly preserved property is now part of the almost 6,000 North Alabama acres protected and managed by The Land Trust.  According to Executive Director Cynthia Parker, “The Land Trust is thrilled that Aronov Realty Management chose to protect the majority of the Harvest Shopping Center parcel by donating it to The Land Trust.  These acres, including the special feature of Dry Creek, will remain green and undeveloped – protecting animal habitat and hardwoods forever.”



Major Conservation Effort Along Blue Ridge Parkway

Raleigh, NC -January 13. 2009 - With support from a $3.7 million loan from the Open Space Institute, another significant segment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail in western North Carolina will soon be open to the public with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s (CTNC) purchase of a 538-acre property on the Blue Ridge Parkway. CTNC is one of the larger regional land protection organizations in OSI’s Southern Appalachians focus area, and it has successfully protected 30,000 acres along the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor.

 



Measuring Rural Home Owners’ Willingness to Pay for Land Conservation Easements - Seong-Hoon Cho,David H. Newman and J. M. Bowker

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The rapid growth of rural communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Macon County, North Carolina, interfacing with unprecedented growth of metropolitan Atlanta has been giving rise to concerns over declining environmental quality and increasing need for land use policy. This paper examines willingness to pay (WTP) for hypothetical conservation easements as an alternative land use policy for the county

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Monitoring the Impact of Coastal Development in South Carolina

Presentation for the Southeast Watershed Forum’s conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008, in Charleston, SC.

Monitoring the Impact of Coastal Development in South Carolina - Dan Hitchcock, Clemson University
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Montgomery County, MD Green Infrastructure Plan
This website displays the Green Infrastructure Functional Master Plan with the following goals: Provide a policy guide for development and zoning decisions; help guide master plans; provide a planning tool to help improve water quality; realize forest protection goals; increase the potential for state funding of open space preservation; and support the desired development pattern identified in the county's General Plan and facilitate smart growth.


North Carolina Wetlands Restoration Project (NCWRP) at Brush Creek
Project Objectives were improve water quality of micro-watershed, reduce sediment loading due to stream bank erosion, mitigate the effects of continued dam operation, reduce nutrient loading into Brush Creek through livestock exclusion, establish a woody riparian buffers and improve stream and riparian habitat of Brush Creek and its tributaries.


NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.  The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts.  The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program.  This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.

 



Partnership for Land and Water Protection

The Partnership for Land and Water Protection - a mapping project between the Southeast Watershed Forum and the Land Trust Alliance to encourage greater regional cooperation and coordination among land trusts, watershed groups, state agency staff for aquatic habitat protection.  To date, the partnership has mapped protected lands over eith southeastern states and cataloged more than 227,620 acres of land and 726 miles of streams.  Click here for a flyer (pdf) about the project.



Preservation Project Jacksonville

In January 1999, Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney established a $312 million acquisition program called Preservation Project Jacksonville, which is designed to manage growth, preserve environmentally sensitive lands, improve water quality, and provide public access to the City of Jacksonville’s vast natural areas.  The land acquired through this program will play a crucial role in diversified urban planning in Duval County and throughout northeast Florida.



Protecting the Thoroughbred Country, PDR Program - Maner Ferguson

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The Fayette County Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program is now just over three years old. The voluntary PDR program seeks to permanently protect 50,000 acres of Rural Fayette County farmland by purchasing future development rights from farmers in exchange for placing a Conservation Easement on their property. The Conservation Easement prohibits or limits future subdivisions and requires Farm Conservation and Ag Water Quality plans be followed. Administered by a staff of two and directed by a citizen-based group called the Rural Land Management Board (RLMB), the following accomplishments have been reached: • Local, State and Federal funding is being used to purchase the conservation easements. • 10,702.491 acres are under easement eighty three farms. Over 1/5th of the goal. • A web site is up on the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government web site. For more information look us up at www.lfucg.com/pdr or contact the PDR Office at (858) 425-2226 or 2227. The presentation will discuss how the program was conceived and implemented. We will discuss the application and selection process and how the amount for easements is determined.

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Purchase of Development Rights - Gerry Cohn

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

Purchase of Development Rights programs are an opportunity for an entire community to share the cost with farmers for permanently protecting farmland. 19 states and 45 localities have used this innovative tool to stabilize the land base, provide investment capital for new farm enterprises, and lower the cost of entry for new farmers. Come hear about how these programs work, ideas for funding sources, and ways to present them to your local farming community and political leadership. We will highlight success stories from across the southeast region. Contact: Gerry Cohn American Farmland Trust Phone: 336-221-0707 E-mail: gcohn@farmland.org



Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge: From Vision to Reality - Wayne H. Schacher

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge (SIWR) is a 400-acre tract of diverse, bottomland and upland habitats on Kelly Bend peninsula, adjacent to the French Broad River in eastern Tennessee. SIWR is under cooperative management and operation by the Seven Islands Foundation (SIF), a non-profit land conservancy, and Knox County (TN) Department of Parks and Recreation. Cooperative relationships have been established with a broad variety of federal and state agencies, educational institutions and conservation and civic organizations to receive technical assistance, project input, cost-share and in-kind funding. Land management strategies incorporated will demonstrate popular, cost-effective and practical land use options to the benefit of the general public, local governments and professional entities, and include recreational, demonstration, educational and research values and opportunities.

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Southeast Aquatic Habitat Plan

This publication describes a long-term, regional plan to restore and conserve aquatic habitats in the 14 states of the southeastern U.S. It is a task requiring cooperative action among every segment of the population from governments to individuals, from anglers and marina operators to home builders and city planners. The plan emphasizes utilizing science-based data, setting strategic priorities, working at multiple scales from reservoir to watershed, and sharing the load through partnerships. It calls for coordinated effort so that scattered and small results can be expanded and connected into a large and successful conservation effort on some of the greatest natural resources in the country. Community awareness, participation, and monitoring will be needed.



St Johns River Water Management District
This web site houses information on water resources in Florida's Northeast (St Johns Watershed Management District). It contains information on monitoring programs, restoration work, regulation, outreach and maps as well as many other aspects of water resources in the St Johns Watershed.

State of Georgia and Walker County Announce the Acquistion of McLemore Cove

From Open Space Institute: LaFayette, GA - October 27, 2008 - The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Noel Holcomb and Georgia Land Conservation Program (GLCP) Director Curt Soper joined conservation leaders and Walker County representatives today at a press conference to announce the collaborative acquisition of 1,839 acres of the McLemore Cove tract in Walker County. This property creates a corridor for wildlife and recreation by linking two state-owned tracts, Zahnd Natural Area (NA) and Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA).



State of Georgia and Walker County Announce the Acquistion of McLemore Cove

LaFayette, GA - October 27, 2008 - The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Noel Holcomb and Georgia Land Conservation Program (GLCP) Director Curt Soper joined conservation leaders and Walker County representatives today at a press conference to announce the collaborative acquisition of 1,839 acres of the McLemore Cove tract in Walker County. This property creates a corridor for wildlife and recreation by linking two state-owned tracts, Zahnd Natural Area (NA) and Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA).



Surface Water Improvement and Management Program

The key component in Charlotte's and Mecklenburg County's efforts to restore the quality and usability of its surface water resources is the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Program, which was established by the Mecklenburg County Department of Environmental Protection (MCDEP) in November 1995. The objective of this program is to produce measurably cleaner surface waters in Mecklenburg County and restore the usability of the area’s streams.



Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program - Joey Woodard

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program (TSMP) is an In-Lieu Fee Program that provides compensatory mitigation for physical impacts associated federal and/or state water quality permits. The program accepts the responsibility for completing the required compensatory mitigation at a rate of $200 per linear foot of impact. The TSMP uses the funds to provide meaningful mitigation in the appropriate watershed. The TSMP funds stream restoration projects based on natural channel design as well as enhancement projects including bioengineering bank stabilization, cattle exclusion and riparian restoration. Using a watershed approach, the TSMP targets 303(d) listed streams and other significantly degraded streams to improve the aquatic habitat and overall water quality.

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Tennessee Water Blueprint
The water in Tennessee’s streams and river systems belongs to all of us. We all use clean water. We want to have enough for all our needs—for drinking, for farming, for fish, wildlife, and recreation. Industry requires water, and our state uses water to produce power. Our personal health and the economic health of our state depend on an abundant supply of clean water.

The Rural Lands Stewardship Program (RLSP) - Craig Evans

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

This presentation by CH2M Hill, Inc. will describe the Rural Lands Stewardship Program (RLSP), which was been established in state law by the Florida Legislature as a specifically “encouraged” land use designation (chapter 163.3177(11) (d), Florida Statutes).

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Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse provides technical assistance, information resources and referrals to trail and greenway advocates and developers across the nation. Services are free and available to individuals, government agencies, communities, grassroots organizations and anyone else who is seeking to create or manage trails and greenways.

Transferable Development Rights in Georgia
Transferable Development Rights (TDR) programs allow local governments to preserve a community's rural character and natural, historic and scenic resources, while protecting property values and accommodating growth. TDR programs can be more attractive to developers than conventional development options. Under a TDR program, development rights are transferred from "sending zones", which are designated for protection, to "receiving zones", which are designated for future growth. Conservation easements provide permanent protection from development in the sending zone. In 1998 the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation which authorizes local governments to implement TDR programs. These programs have been used successfully in other jurisdictions to preserve important agricultural and ecologically sensitive lands and historic landmarks; to stimulate economic growth; and to manage urban development.

Using Farm Bill (FRPP) for Farmland Protection in Georgia - Cindy Haygood

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP) is a Farm Bill Program offered through the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service. FRPP provides matching funds for the purchase of permanent conservation easements on producing agricultural lands for the purpose of protecting farmland from conversion to non-agricultural uses and to preserve valuable farm and ranch lands for future generations. FRPP funding was available for the first time in Georgia in 2002. A major hurdle for landowners to participate in FRPP is the requirement for matching funds, especially where no statewide farmland preservation initiatives or a ready source of matching funds exists.

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Using State Wildlife Action Plans to Protect Habitat in the Appalachians

From the Open Space Institute: Biodiversity is under growing threat from inappropriate timber harvesting, second home development and invasive species.  Enter State Wildlife Action Plans, or SWAPS. These plans, which each state fish and wildlife agency must develop to qualify for federal funding, are designed as a tool to conserve wildlife and vital natural areas before they become more rare and costly to protect.

 



Wake County (NC) Open Space Initiative - Kenn Gardner

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

Wake County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. This presentation will provide a brief overview of Wake County, the capital county of North Carolina, with an emphasis on the variety of environmental analysis the county has conducted the past several years. This will be followed by two case studies: the first will be an overview of the American River Greenway, Sacramento, CA, and a current case study strategy being developed and implemented by Wake County. href="http://www.watershed-assistance.net/pdf/resources/gardner.pdf" target=_parent name=gardner>Download PDF (10.6 MB)



Working with Land Trusts - Eileen Hennessy

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

Land Trusts can be key partners with watershed groups in protecting critical lands. Working with our national partner, The Land Trust Alliance and local community groups, Eileen Hennessy, Program Director for The Land Trust for Tennessee will describe how The Land Trust for Tennessee is partnering with an ever-increasing number of watershed groups to permanently protect valuable landscapes in critical areas of our watersheds. Eileen will give examples of some of these efforts. Contact: Eileen Hennessy, Executive Director, Land Trust for TN Representative, Land Trust Alliance Phone: 615-244-5263



Working with Private Landowners to Protect Endangered Species - Brad Bingham
Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The effort to save the globally rare Barrens topminnow is dependant upon communication and cooperation between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and local landowners within the Barrens Region of Middle Tennessee, from which the topminnow occurred exclusively.

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