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The Conservation Fund’s Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes Course will be held May 3-5, 2016 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. This will be an opportunity for rural and gateway communities across the country to convene for three intensive days to focus on crafting action plans to spark their local economy and to create a vision for their community’s future centered on the theme of “Thriving, not just Surviving”.

Application Deadline is March 14, 2016.

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is an international collaborative initiative of knowledge sharing, dialogue and action to support integrated landscape management in order to achieve three simultaneous goals: improved food production, ecosystem conservation, and sustainable livelihoods. Agriculture, development and conservation organizations big and small are joining up to connect their best programs and research with a network of local landscape initiatives.

The aim: to create and sustain integrated agricultural landscapes worldwide.



Congress approves $11 million to protect landscapes in Bay region

The Rivers of the Chesapeake initiative is one of several large-scale landscape conservation efforts that have been supported by the fund in recent years.

Read More about this in the above article in the  Bay Journal.