As 2019 comes to a close, we at Partnership for Conservation took the time to reflect on some of this year’s biggest moments in conservation. Our organization was proud to spend another year fighting to ensure all Americans can participate in conservation and we look forward to building on those efforts in 2020.
Here are some of our biggest highlights:
Robert Ramsay Joins P4C
In January 2019, outdoorsman Robert Ramsay joined the P4C team. Robert has been a key leader in our efforts to ensure the long-term availability and integrity of conservation easements and increase the public’s understanding of the value of conservation partnerships. His proven track record of successfully advocating for conservation causes has helped P4C inform key lawmakers about the power of conservation easements in protecting land for future generations.
Research Project Demonstrates Positive Impacts of Conservation Easements
In Summer 2019, American University Professor William Snape released the findings of a research project on conservation easements. Among other positive impacts, Professor Snape found that more than 80 percent of the studied conservation easements protect an important natural resource and have active habitat programs and that 70 percent of them address climate change. This data demonstrates the clear positive impacts conservation easements have on the environment.
News Reports Show There is More to be Done to Address Climate Change
While 2019 brought many positive moments for P4C, it also reminded us of the importance of our work. News reports offering pessimistic outlooks for our world’s natural resources have propelled us to work that much harder. If we are going to curb climate change and leave the best world we can for future generations, we must take advantage of every tool in our conservation toolbox including conservation easements. We are excited for what 2020 holds and will continue to encourage protecting our nation’s most precious lands through private conservation.