Mission: The RFF mission is to support and develop innovative conservation programs to strengthen and sustain rural communities, economies and green businesses, and to support private sector conservation initiatives.
Results: Since 2000, RFF has developed 3 national websites and 6 regional websites for landowners.
In 2006, Project Developer Willard Dyche received the USDA's Group Honor Award for Excellence for participating in the development of energy consumption awareness tools (http://www.privatelandownernetwork.org/toolbox/).
Target demographics: resource providers and private landowners who steward the ranch lands, nonindustrial forest lands, and farm land of the United States.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 244,700 in 2010
Geographic areas served: National (all 50 states in the USA)
Programs: Conservation Yellow Pages of natural resource management professionals; Tax and Estate Planning Advice; Conservation Resources (cost-share programs); Resource Library for experts and landowners; "Keep Working Lands Working" blog of interviews with national leaders; Toolbox with links to resources of immediate use to landowners, Exchange with daily updates on deadlines for federal, state, local programs and news.
Resources First Foundation funds the Private Landowners Network that helps landowners find professionals to work on their land. With their help we now have a mapping function where landowners can find foresters who fit their needs. This is a great service to members of the Association of Consulting Foresters and to the public.
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The Resources First Foundation offers essential, organized information that empowers landowners to make wise decisions as they consider ways to conserve their lands.
In Connecticut, 90% of the state’s forests are in private ownership, and over half of these private landowners are 65 or older. Despite the need for landowner information, the University of Connecticut no longer has a dedicated extension forester, the state’s Forestry division is under-resourced, and the federal government is similarly reduced due to budget cuts. This makes private resources for private landowners like RFF even more critical.
RFF is a valuable resource for locating professionals and relevant programs all over the country in land conservation and related fields. I use the service myself and I recommend it to clients. The information provided is reliable and accurate as well as being frequently updated. In addition the staff are always available for special inquiries as well as advice and direction on new and emerging concepts.