September 1, 2014

Stewardship in the Southwest Borderlands

Molly McCormick Borderlands Restoration

By Molly McCormick, Borderlands Restoration, Patagonia, AZ Imagine yourself walking in the Sonoran Desert grasslands of Southeast Arizona, USA. It’s monsoon season—a time when thunderheads bring quick downbursts of rain, when golden grasslands morph into a green frenzy of life. The grasses are in bloom: the slender side-oats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) stand tall with b ...
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August 15, 2014

Grass, Soil, Hope: A Story About Carbon Country

By Courtney White, Quivira Coalition This is the story of how I came into Carbon Country. I’m a former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist who became a dues-paying member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association as a producer of local, grass-fed beef. For a boy raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, during the […] ...
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August 11, 2014

Growth Scenarios and Conservation Trade-offs in the US-Mexico Borderlands

By Miguel L. Villarreal and Laura M. Norman, United States Geological Survey Developing and interpreting alternative future land-use scenarios is an effective way to engage communities in local and regional planning and illustrate how rates and patterns of land-use change may affect human well-being and the environment. Along the arid borderlands between the United States [&hel ...
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August 1, 2014

Close to Home: Exploring Three of Virginia’s Working Landscapes

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

This blog often focuses on the geographies and management techniques of faraway (from our headquarters in Washington, DC) lands like the Eastern High Atlas of Morocco or Northern Tanzania’s culturally and ecologically unique Maasai Steppe Heartlands. But, this week, EcoAgriculture Partners’ staff ventured out into the field to explore several landscapes closer to our home ...
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April 11, 2014

The Farm Bill: Crossing the Rural-Urban Divide

This week, the World Urban Forum offers an opportunity to look at the ways in which challenges and opportunities in cities are linked to those in rural areas. National policy can address (or exacerbate) challenges across the rural-urban continuum. Today, I want to take a look at a piece of policy in America that has […] ...
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February 3, 2014

A New Approach from USAID: Nature, Wealth and Power 2.0

Kedar Mankad Christopher Planicka EcoAgriculture Partners

On January 27th, 2014, USAID launched a second version of their framework for natural resource management, Nature Wealth and Power 2.0 (NWP 2.0) at the first of 4 ECO (Environmental Communication, Learning and Outreach) events focusing on knowledge management. NWP 2.0 is USAID’s newly updated framework for practitioners involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation [ ...
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January 22, 2014

One Watershed at a Time: Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin

As we saw on Monday, the measuring, valuing, and mapping of ecosystem services has progressed in recent years, and new tools are emerging that can help decision makers account for the benefits landscapes provide and target areas that are most important to ecosystem function. In the United States context, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is […] ...
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January 20, 2014

Mapping to Make Decisions: Evolution of Ecosystem Services Assessment and Tools

By Ken Bagstad, U.S. Geological Survey, Geosciences & Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, Colorado, USA Healthy ecosystems provide many benefits – from food and clean water to flood management and climate mitigation – and we’ve seen previously on the blog how both the human-modified and natural elements of landscapes can contribute. Our guest author t ...
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December 20, 2013

Landscapes as a Matter of National Security

By Bruce Beard and Stephanie Hertz, Texas A&M University For integrated landscape management, we stress cross-sectoral collaboration and inter-ministerial coordination. But sometimes partnerships arise in unexpected places. Today’s guest post from Texas A&M University contributors describes one such recently-launched initiative that recognizes the critical role sustai ...
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September 9, 2013

AGree on Collaborative Watershed and Landscape Management

Last Friday the 13th World Water Week came to a close, having brought experts together to explore cooperation and partnership in issues related to water. A recent report on watershed management in the United States emphasized this same theme of collaborative management and partnerships, and drawing our focus on water to a close. Multi-stakeholder engagement […] ...
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