Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
REGIONAL CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP
Establishes a new partnership program which consolidates four previous
programs into one to support projects that improve soil quality, water
quality and quantity, and/or wildlife habitat on a regional scale.
8 critical conservation areas (CCA) to be identified
Avoid regulatory challenges (CWA, CAA, ESA)
Regional, watershed, resource scale
Longleaf potential CCA
How can we best leverage new opportunities in farm bill to provide more
$$ on the ground for longleaf? What are the key needs/gaps?
KEY NEEDS –PRIVATE LANDS
• Increase acreage of prescribed burning and other
improvements on private lands.
• Increase capacity and coordination of private
landowner technical assistance and outreach.
• Support Local Implementation Team capacity to
understand needs and enhance conservation delivery.
• Improve verification and monitoring on private lands
to ensure working toward better outcomes.
• Increase involvement of large landowners in
restoration and maintenance of longleaf.
• NRCS Interests
• Ability to convene multiple partners and implement well
• NFWF Opportunity
• $5 – 7 million new funds for longleaf
• Needs to be levered up significantly with add’l new funds
• Contribute to long-term work with large-scale impact
• Longleaf Stewardship Fund?
• RFP- end of May/mid June,
due in Sept.?
• Establish working group –
what can we accomplish?
• Develop proposal, get