Local Groups


2017 | Fishers & Farmers Science & Communications Teams

FFP GIS/science/outreach staff are communicating fish habitat conservation strategies that benefit UMRB streams/rivers, informing strategic habitat conservation plans and engaging people in conservation action.

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2017 | Galena River Watershed

Building on extensive county-wide planning, Jo-Daviess Soil and Water Health Coalition farmers and local partners are hosting workshops and facilitated discussions to establish consensus and active participation in watershed restoration.

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2018 | Fishers & Farmers Communications & Science Teams

FFP GIS/science/outreach staff are communicating fish habitat conservation strategies that benefit UMRB streams, informing strategic habitat conservation plans, monitoring social drivers and engaging people in conservation.

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2020 | Fishers & Farmers Communication Team

FFP communications is hosting workshops; Boots on the Ground, a monthly online conversation; and a radio/podcast with TheFarmWI.com, and is contributing to development of Midwest Watershed Training Center.

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2021 | Vermillion-Illinois Watersheds

Farmers, The Wetlands Initiative, NRCS, USFWS, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Illinois Corn Growers, University of Illinois, McKnight Foundation and others are advancing use of small tile-treatment wetlands on row-crop farms.

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Here, a crowd gathers around a soil pit to learn from Roger Windhorn, Illinois NRCS.

At Indian Creek, collaboration shifts local norms

Community outreach led by a farmer-driven steering committee in Indian Creek watershed transformed nutrient use and helped bring 50% of basin farmland into conservation practice.

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Fishers & Farmers Partnership's Watershed Leadership Network workshops

Growing grassroots change: Farmer-led conservation is getting a little help from its friends

“A watershed group was worth a try,” said farmer Brian McCulloh, “so I attended meetings with an open mind. It helps when neighbors struggle with the same challenges, to do better.”

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women looking at soil quality

Neighbor to Neighbor | Women for the Land + Learning Circles for Women Nonoperating Landowners

Becky Taylor leads learning circles for women landowners, and tells how they work and impact land. Gabrielle McNally, Women for the Land program director, is expanding learning circles nationwide.

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people researching about farming

Neighbor to Neighbor | Jo Daviess County Soil & Water Health Coalition

Jo Daviess County Soil & Water Health Coalition’s members meet monthly to discuss soil health. The welcoming circle is bringing their community alive with interest in its land and streams.

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