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Progress on the Back Forty: An Analysis of Three Incentive-Based Approaches to Endangered Species Conservation on Private Land

By Environmental Defense
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The following report takes a close look at how to buy the other half of Leopold’s metaphorical
umbrella. It examines how farmers, forest landowners, ranchers, and other landowners can
help rare species while owning and using their land for economic gain. Specifically, it looks at
three public policy tools that encourage and reward the sort of land stewardship that Leopold
practiced and sought to cultivate in others. Those tools are (1) conservation leasing, (2) safe
harbor agreements, and (3) conservation banking.