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Preserving Working Lands Conserves Habitats

Working lands not only provide food and fiber for our nation, but also an assortment of environmental benefits such as critical habitat for wildlife.

The Appalachian LCC has begun a dialogue with partners involved in conserving our rural heritage, seeking to discover where LCC science products and coordination efforts can aid in conserving healthy working lands and thus sustaining natural resources.

Appalachian LCC Coordinator Jean Brennan and Steering Committee member Bill Jenkins with EPA Region 3, recently visited with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to learn about their efforts promoting the conservation of native biodiversity and sustainable land-use through research, education and community engagement. Another meeting with the Natural Resources Conservation Service focused on identifying aquatic indicators to better asses the condition of habitat of our aquatic systems. Each meeting allowed Appalachian LCC staff to highlight key science and tools developed by the Cooperative that could aid partner’s activities and achieve short and long-term goals. Conversations around the critical relationship between sustainable working lands and our regions natural resources will continue to move forward into the new year that will advance LCC science and enhance natural resource conservation on working lands.

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