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Conservation Toolbox

The challenge of maintaining working lands requires conservationists to increase the scale and impact of their efforts. To achieve this goal, a portfolio of tools and approaches is needed that meets diverse landowner objectives and ecological needs. In some cases, landowners need to extract as much economic benefit as possible from the underlying real estate value of a property, while in other cases, passing land to the next generation is a primary goal. On the ecological side, some conservation efforts are best pursued through permanent agreements while in other cases a conservation practice may only be needed during short windows, such as a critical migration or nesting period. A more diverse conservation toolbox can access a wider range of financial incentives and target conservation efforts where they are needed at different spatial and temporal scales.

Here we provide an overview of conservation tools and illustrate their use through specific examples.

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