Two hundred people gathered in Springfield, Missouri October 2-4 for the 11th annual Private Lands Partners Day. Attendees from 32 states saw first hand some of the public-private conservation partnership efforts engaging private landowners and private lands in Missouri. In addition, they heard presentations from landowners from all over the country about the partnerships and stewardship in which they were engaged, ranging from innovative grazing cooperatives to generation of alternative energy in conjunction with pork producers.
Participants also heard from state and national leaders including Acting Chief of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Leonard Jordan and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The conference also featured a multiple-perspective and interactive panel on land ownership succession planning. A report summarizing the meeting will be available in the near future, available to attendees, future attendees, and anyone else who would like to learn about the meeting.
Partners for Conservation and the local planning team are already beginning to develop the 2019 meeting, which will be held in Ogden, Utah September 24-26. Watch the newsletter and social media for information on the meeting in the weeks ahead.