Five Conservancy Projects Honored with “Partners in Conservation” Award

Department of the Interior Recognizes Collaborations That Deliver Conservation Results

January 16, 2014

Today the U.S. Department of the Interior presented its 2013 Partners in Conservation Awards to 20 public-private partnerships that achieved exemplary conservation results through cooperation and community engagement across America. The Nature Conservancy was honored for its work on five of those partnership projects—more than any other non-governmental organization.

The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director for Public Policy, Lynn Scarlett, was on hand to receive one of those awards.

“Our best conservation successes often arise from partnerships where citizens, communities, a range of interested organizations and governments all come together to tackle shared challenges,” noted Scarlett. “All of the projects awarded today exemplify that approach, and we’re honored to have been a part of many of these successful partnerships that conserve and restore our lands and waters.”

The Partners in Conservation Awards recognize outstanding examples of conservation legacies achieved when the Department of the Interior engages groups and individuals representing a wide range of backgrounds, ages and interests to work collaboratively to renew lands and resources.

“The Department of the Interior is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who are innovating and collaborating in ways that address today’s complex conservation and stewardship challenges,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at the awards ceremony. “These partnerships represent the gold standard for how Interior is doing business across the nation to power our future, strengthen tribal nations, conserve and enhance America’s great outdoors and engage the next generation.”

The Nature Conservancy is a proud partner in the following five award-winning projects:

• Cienega Watershed Partnership (CWP), Arizona – The CWP is a landscape-level habitat restoration and conservation partnership that helps find common ground to enable sustainable human use and foster integrated management across the 45,000-acre Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and neighboring 100,000-acre planning area. Projects help remove non-native species, enhance habitats to recover native fish and leopard frog populations, engage students in meaningful outdoor experiences and encourage cultural preservation of the region.

• Huron Erie Corridor Initiative Partnership (HEC), United States (Michigan and Ohio) and Canada – Across the Huron Erie corridor, one of the world’s busiest waterways, this partnership fosters cooperation along the international boundary between Canada and the United States to achieve healthy, diverse and productive aquatic ecosystems that in turn provide benefits such as improved water quality and quality of life for underserved urban communities along the rivers.

• Klamath Tribal Leadership Development Program for Integrative Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, California and Oregon – This innovative program allows tribal youth to gather traditional knowledge from their elders and then work with NASA and federal natural resource agencies to apply it to today’s technology and programs that advance the restoration and management of native fish populations in the Klamath Basin.

• Minute 319 Binational Partnership, United States and Mexico – This historic partnership agreement, signed in November 2012, aims to address long-standing environmental and water supply concerns over the Colorado River. It has been touted as one of the most innovative negotiated agreements between nations to include environmental river flows. It provides the agreement under the authority and framework of the 1944 Water Treaty to implement actions under consideration by multiple administrations dating back to the late 1990s. Key elements include the first-ever instream flows to the Colorado River Delta, both base (instream) and a one-time pulse (mini-flood) flow mimicking natural flooding.

• Restoring Threatened and Endangered Fishes of the Truckee River Watershed, California – In this partnership, the U.S. Geological Survey partners with federal, state, non-governmental and tribal managers to conserve freshwater systems to build resiliency by restoring the ecosystem to its historic condition, and to restore native species assemblages. It may serve as a model for watershed conservation around the nation to help safeguard communities and ecosystems in the face of environmental changes.


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