Improving the Landscape through Communication

In 2006, an Innovations in American Government Award was granted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Montana Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program for community-based conservation in partnership with the Blackfoot Challenge.  The $100,000 award from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government helped launch this ground-breaking effort to transfer the model of cooperative conservation through building trust and partnerships between private landowners and public agency managers, providing consensus-based solutions to natural resource issues, and recommending ways to improve cooperative conservation at local, regional and national scales.

Since 2008, annual meetings have been convened bringing together representatives from a growing number of states to share information, experiences, challenges and collaborative solutions to private land conservation.  In 2010, Partners for Conservation (PFC) was formally established to represent private landowners and partners that are practicing innovative, measurable and effective conservation practices on the ground for the long-term health and productivity of working landscapes and rural communities across the United States. In 2013, Partners for Conservation, in partnership with the National Wildlife Refuge Association, hired its first employee and launched its website:

For more information, contact:

Steve Jester, Executive Director, (512) 663-7596 Email Steve

Jim Stone, PFC Chair (406) 793-5830, Email Jim

PO Box 1876, Blanco, Texas 78606