Sand County Foundation Launches the Back 40

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Have you ever wondered what motivates some people to leave a warm bed hours before sunrise to work in often harsh conditions at dangerous chores nearly every day of the year for little to no financial gain? You have to ask yourself ... “what are they thinking?” The Back 40 is a new online platform that addresses questions like these through stories and perspectives of outstanding agricultural families and other leaders within a variety of agricultural and environmental sectors.

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The Back 40 is a website that works to increase awareness and discussion of the importance of private lands conservation.

Ideas exchanged on the Back 40 will help broaden the understanding of how crucial private landowners are to the health of our nation's natural resources.

Wisconsin-based Sand County Foundation, a private conservation group, recently launched a Web site, called the Back 40 (http://www.the-back-40.com), to increase awareness and discussion of the importance of private lands conservation.

“Sand County Foundation knows it is important to provide perspectives on private lands conservation from landowners and partners across agricultural and environmental sectors,” said Dr. Brent M. Haglund, President, Sand County Foundation. “Ideas exchanged on the Back 40 will help broaden the understanding of how crucial private landowners are to the health of our nation’s natural resources.”

The Back 40 and its social channels bring together leading voices through original content and existing material from the landowner community, agricultural and environmental organizations, industry and academia. It serves as a digital forum for information about ecological issues that are important to landowners.

“Whether it is water quality and quantity or habitat for imperiled species, leading private landowners already demonstrate how their responsible actions benefit the public’s interests,” Haglund said. “The Back 40 will provide information to help more landowners become active practitioners of effective environmental improvement on their own lands.”

The Back 40 welcomes original contributions, as well as partnerships with existing bloggers who share an interest in agriculture, private lands conservation and the environment.

For more information: http://www.the-back-40.com

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