Non Profit Organization Resources
Resources First Foundation
Resources First Foundation is an entrepreneurial 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000. Since its beginning, RFF has built web-based tools and resources designed specifically for the multi-faceted needs of private landowners, land & energy conservation professionals and business to advance their goals and objectives. We serve as the U.S. Foundation for Wilderness Wildlife Trust.
The Center For Conservation Incentives
The CCI was established to help landowners and their partners practice voluntary environmental stewardship as they continue normal business operations on their farmlands, ranchlands and forestlands. CCI works to expand and improve existing incentive-based programs and to develop new incentives. The Center pursues a mix of:
- place-based conservation projects,
- policy development pertaining to conservation incentives,
- and partnerships with landowners and other organizations pursuing similar goals.
Because over 70% of land in the lower 48 states is privately owned, the decisions that American landowners make on their land will have the greatest impact on wildlife and water quality.
Given the right incentives, private landowners can play a pivotal role in achieving many of the nation’s conservation goals, including
- restoring degraded habitats
- recovering rare species
- improving the quality of water in our rivers and streams
The Center for Conservation Incentives is partnering with private landowners and state and federal government agencies to help expand and target government incentive programs and to help landowners access them to serve their conservation needs.
CCI has played a key role in the development and implementation of the Safe Harbor program for endangered species, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Programs and many other conservation incentive programs.
The Western Native Trout Initiative
Recognizing the geographic scale of, and limited financial resources and human capital available to address the challenges facing 21 and western native trout and char species and sub-species, the Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) was formed in July 2006 to provide a new perspective and impetus to improve the return on investment of the time, money and manpower dedicated to native trout conservation. The mission of WNTI is to serve as a key catalyst for the implementation of conservation or management actions, through partnerships and cooperative efforts that result in improved species status, improved aquatic habitats, and improved recreational opportunities for native trout anglers.
WNTI is a Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) supported effort to develop collaborative approaches to doing things more efficiently through dedicated efforts and secured increases in aquatic and fisheries habitat funding. WNTI is reaching out to traditional and new partners such as the Western Landowners Alliance to accomplish our Mission and expand the efforts to protect, conserve and enhance the status of western native trout.
Solutions & Actions
In collaboration with project partners, the following are specific solutions and strategies WNTI either fund directly, or seek other funding at the local level to help improve the status of western native trout.
- Restoration (bank stabilization, riparian fencing, planting, addressing hydrological issues)
- Reconnecting fragmented habitat by removing barriers to fish passage
- Constructing barriers to protect genetically important populations
- Population assessments to help guide future management and restoration
- In-Stream Flows
- Ecosystem services assessment
- Providing information on multiple federal and state aquatic habitat project funding sources and opportunities
The Initiative has partnered with 12 western states, 5 federal fishery management agencies, and multiple public and private entities in a planning and project implementation effort that funds on-the-ground data collection and habitat improvement projects to conserve and enhance native trout populations. Since 2006, the Western Native Trout Initiative has directed over $4.4 million toward the protection and recovery of 21 western native trout species. By supporting community-driven initiatives and local partnerships, we’ve helped to complete 82 on-the-ground projects that removed 47 barriers to fish passage and restored or enhanced over 466 stream miles.
Lincoln Land Institute
Sustainable Northwest works with communities, landowners and policy makers to find innovative solutions to critical natural resource challenges. They offer Forest Stewardship Council certification and sponsor Rural Voices for Conservation, among other programs. They also offer resources of interest to landowners, including a catalog of ecosystem services markets at the following link: http://www.sustainablenorthwest.org/uploads/resources/FS11_Resource_examples.pdf.