“Conservation Means Sharing”

July 8, 2014 By: Erin Block

The recently launched Regional Conservation Partnership Program by the United States Department of Agriculture is a new effort towards an old problem: sharing resources. With growing populations and drought conditions across the West, that means expanding partnerships to boost investments in clean water, soil and wildlife conservation projects.

Tom Vilsack, U.S. secretary of agriculture, and Matt Rice, director of the Colorado River Basin Program for American Rivers, explain the program in an op-ed in The Santa Fe New Mexican. “The Regional Conservation Partnership Program initiative in the Colorado River Basin will demonstrate what can be achieved by combining strong partnerships, sound science and funding to solve natural resource problems at a watershed scale,” write the authors.