Conservation of Natural Resources on Private Lands
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Private farms, ranches, and forestlands, collectively known as working lands, provide many public benefits. These working lands produce food, fiber, and energy while sustaining rural economies, providing wildlife habitat, maintaining clean air and water, and supporting recreational opportunities. In regions critical to our national interests, private working lands are undergoing significant changes. The external factors that threaten the conservation of private lands have a direct impact on our rural economies, they risk our national and food security, and they limit our nation's wealth of natural resources. Sustaining the production and natural resource values of these working lands requires policy-development informed by reliable science.My research seeks to improve the conservation and management of natural resources on private lands through interdisciplinary approaches that engages policymakers, land managers, and citizens to offer long-term solutions. My research topics in private land conservation can be divided into three broad categories: wildlife conservation, military land sustainability, and private land stewardship.