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Natural Systems

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Support land management through leasing and ownership engagement

Contact the Flint Hills Regional Council for more information about supporting land management through leasing and ownership engagement

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Tool Information


Goals

  1. Stewardship

Description

Develop an educational tool for absentee landowners, as property owned by an absentee landowner does not have to sit unused and unmanaged. This tool would be used by the landowner to clearly provide the options if they are considering leasing to ensure best tenants and tenant practices for managing their land. This informational packet could then be implemented by realtors, extension agents, conservation organizations.

Background

Absentee landowners hold potential to more actively engage in the health and vitality of the Flint Hills.   Their lands hold potential to serve as highly functional components of the landscape, improving diversity, resilience, and air and water quality.

Additional Information

Implementation Strategy


Champions and Partners

KS Dept of Environment? (possibly Mike Tate, (785) 296-5500, hasn't been involved with Frontiers)

Timeframe

Short (1-3 years)

Cost

$

Implementation Details

A brief outline of the first few steps necessary for implementation are provided. The steps outlined here are provided only as a suggested starting point and other approaches are certainly valid.

  1. Create the information packet
  2. Organize realtors, extension agents and others to give the packets out.

(Need way to identify pending purchases so the packets can be distributed properly)

Case Study


Agren Landowner Outreach

Agren teamed with an Iowa Resource Conservation District (RC&D) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service through a Conservation Innovation Grant to reach out to absentee landowners through the Center for Absentee Landowners.

Work began with extensive research to better define the demographic attributes of the absentee landowner population in the United States, including a three-day expert panel meeting, bringing together absentee landowners, conservation agency personnel, farm managers and others.

Agren - Outreach

The Center for Absentee Landowners website was then built to provide "one-stop shopping" for landowners seeking to conserve their natural resources. The website guides landowners through the process of understanding and navigating conservation programs that might be available to them. Additionally, the site provides helpful resources to landowners such as tips to consider when preparing conservation-friendly lease agreements. In conjunction with the website, a toll-free Conservation Connect hotline is available to address landowners' immediate questions.

Match funding was provided through the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the McKnight Foundation, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Outreach and marketing pilots were initiated, targeted to landowners with agricultural land in specific areas of Iowa, New York, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Pilot projects in the Great Lakes region kicked off with a written survey of 2,000 absentee landowners to better define the demographic make-up of landowners in the region, their knowledge of and interest in conservation, and how they prefer to receive information. This information was used to design and evaluate marketing campaigns in each of the pilot areas.

http://www.agreninc.com/projects.php?proj=1

Relevance

Successful outreach is critical for better absentee owner land management.  Understanding possible funding sources very practically illustrates how the work can happen.