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Name Your Price for Conservation

At what price would you do a conservation project on your land?

This is the question that ranchers from Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Canada cattlemen’s and stock growers associations answered recently at a side event to the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver, Colorado.

Environmental Incentives and Colorado Cattlemen’s Association/Partners for Western Conservation engaged 37 cattlemen in an exercise that demonstrated how pay for success contracts work to create a market for conservation, and solicited feedback to ensure that proposed incentives will work for ranchers. The feedback received will directly influence the development of contract terms for use by state, federal and private conservation buyers who seek to involve ranchers in securing long-term conservation for habitat and water quality.

Check out page 9 of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association newsletter, Sage Signals, for more details on the input received and how it will be used to ensure that pay for success contracts work for ranchers.

By Andrew Alexandrovich



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