The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program held its 5th Private Lands Day event October 4-6th 2011. It was attended by over 100 participants and included private landowners from over 25 different states across the country and 8 of 9 Service regions were represented.
The gathering was started by warm welcome from our South Dakota hosts and presentations from PFW staff highlighting the incredible strength of the program and its many partners. Mountain-Prairie Regional Director, Steve Guertin, rounded-out a wonderful morning with a presentation on the America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative. The afternoon was spent touring the amazing landscape of the Prairie Coteau and reviewing completed PFW projects.
Day 2 brought incredible testimonials from private landowners who have participated with PFW on voluntary private lands activities. The event was concluded with a collaborative conversation between the PFW program and the Partners for Conservation (PFC) group about the direction of private lands conservation in the U.S.