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Women Caring for the Land

Participants in one of the May Women Caring for the Land workshop.

Participants in one of the May Women Caring for the Land workshop.

Photo by Betsy Galbraith; USFWS

June 2016


Imagine a conservation workshop where only women participated. That was the case this spring in northeast Wisconsin as part of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s “Women Caring for the Land” program.


According to the network’s pilot for the Women Caring for the Land Program in Iowa, women now own more than 50 percent of rural land, a percentage often driven by senior women widowed or inheriting land and being in a land management position for the first time,” said Linda Kivirist, coordinator of the Rural Women’s Project, a venture of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, or MOSES. “We need women to feel empowered to make decisions about land management. Studies show that rural women react differently when men are in the room.” This includes males from agencies, neighbors, or spouses and other family members.


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June 30, 2016: Lori Nordstrom named assistant regional director for Ecological Services


Lori Nordstrom named assistant regional director for Ecological Services

May 21, 2016: Urban Birding and Endangered Species Day Celebration at Minnesota Valley NWR



Nick Utrup helping a young visitor build a bird house.

May 19, 2016: Ecological Services Biologists Begin Characterization of St. Louis River AOC Munger Landing Site




Sampling sediment in the wetlands. - Photo Credit: Steve Choy



May 12, 2016: East Lansing Field Office Participates in Steering Committee Meeting for hydro dams, impoundments and project lands management.



March 18, 2016: Agencies Release Draft Plan to Study Movement of Heavy Metals in the Lead Mining Area of Southeast Missouri

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Southeast Missouri NRDA

March 1, 2016: Open House to Initiate Public Review of the Draft Restoration Plan / Environmental Assessment for the Green Point Area Restoration Project

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Saginaw Bay NRDA


Tobica Sound in Saginaw Bay, Michigan.


Feb. 29, 2016: University Researchers and Agencies Release Draft Assessment Plan Addendum to Study Lead Effects on Songbirds: Study is part of Natural Resource Damage Assessment in Southeast Missouri


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Southeast Missouri NRDA

Collecting a blood sample from a captured bird.


Feb. 2, 2016: Michigan Will Receive A $900,000 Grant to Conserve Coastal Wetlands Connecting Negwegon State Park

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Last updated: July 19, 2016