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Conservation on Southeast Private Lands, a SEAFWA Symposium

Date: 12/13/17

The following summary provides highlights from a very successful private lands symposium held October 30th in Louisville KY at the SEAFWA Conference. The session wrapped up with a panel discussion, described FIRST below. The panel was preceded by a series of presentations intended to build a thought process and message. The panel consisted of ranchers and forest landowners, as well as people who have extensive experience working with private landowners. They discussed ideas on how to make conservation valued and accessible to "working lands" in the Southeastern US. The following is a summary of that symposium:

Panel Discussion: Landowner Perspectives on Conservation Partnerships to Sustain Working Landscapes for People and Nature - Avenues for Conservation Success.

Technical assistance is important. Human dimensions positions will help agencies to be more effective in delivering programs that private landowners want. When landowners recommend to the legislature, that carries more weight than when an agency does.

The motivation of investors is NOT to be exposed to regulatory risk, such as Red-cockaded Woodpecker, which will affect our forestry. The key question is how can practices work for working lands and for species?

Presentations on working with private landowners

The Coastal Headwaters Longleaf Forest: Restoration and Conservation in a Working Longleaf Pine Forest - “The Right Acres in the Right Place at the Right Time” Victoria Lockhart of RMS provided the keynote address highlighting benefits of the Coastal headwaters partnership :

Joint Venture Partnerships developed through Science and Conservation Delivery to Willing Landowners: Keys to Long-Term Success

Preparing Communities for Environmental Change: Human Dimensions Research for the Lower Wabash River Landscape Conservation Design.

SECAS Engagement Strategy: Successful models:

SECAS represents a creative conservation strategy in several ways:

Broader lesson: How you do engagement depends on how you want to do conservation – important to be clear about what you’re trying to accomplish.