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Conservation in Illinois: Hotspot Analysis and Implications for Program Design

Understanding conservation behavior is one of the key factors in designing effective programs. To assess conservation adoption in Illinois and identify key factors that lead to higher adoption
rates, Delta Institute and Environmental Working Group partnered to identify conservation
hotspots, defined as Illinois counties with high uptake of specific conservation programs, and
evaluate the impact of relevant factors. The results of the analysis suggest that future strategies which seek to more effectively deploy
financial and technical support to increase conservation adoption should be modified to focus
on local conditions and concerns, avoiding a state-wide or uniform program design that fails to
consider local factors.

Land Value: Exploring the Current Agricultural Land Valuation System

This section is a portion of our “Land Tenure and Conservation in Agriculture: Creating Incentives for Landowners” report issued in May 2019. This report explores the network of stakeholders, policies, and institutions through which soil health can be linked to the value of the land and serve as an incentive to change management of that land—and compiles a set of resources that may be taken in concert or used separately by a variety of stakeholders to advance soil health and agricultural
conservation practices on farmland in the Midwest and beyond.

Land Management through Leasing

This section is a portion of our “Land Tenure and Conservation in Agriculture: Creating Incentives for Landowners” report issued in May 2019. This report explores the network of stakeholders, policies, and institutions through which soil health can be linked to the value of the land and serve as an incentive to change management of that land—and compiles a set of resources that may be taken in concert or used separately by a variety of stakeholders to advance soil health and agricultural
conservation practices on farmland in the Midwest and beyond.

Farmland Leasing Toolkit for Land Managers

This section is a portion of our “Land Tenure and Conservation in Agriculture: Creating Incentives for Landowners” report issued in May 2019. This report explores the network of stakeholders, policies, and institutions through which soil health can be linked to the value of the land and serve as an incentive to change management of that land—and compiles a set of resources that may be taken in concert or used separately by a variety of stakeholders to advance soil health and agricultural conservation practices on farmland in the Midwest and beyond.

Advocacy and Action for Incentivizing Conservation

This section is a portion of our “Land Tenure and Conservation in Agriculture: Creating Incentives for Landowners” report issued in May 2019. The report explores the network of stakeholders, policies, and institutions through which soil health can be linked to the value of the land and serve as an incentive to change management of that land—and compiles a set of resources that may be taken in concert or used separately by a variety of stakeholders to advance soil health and agricultural conservation practices on farmland in the Midwest and beyond.

Resilient Communities Stakeholder Identification

Overview describing approach and usage of the stakeholder matrix that helps anyone creating a community-based project identify possible redevelopment and project stakeholders. Useful for planners, municipal leaders, community groups, nonprofit organizations, or economic development professionals.

Economic Benefit Targeting For Development Overview

Overview of how this tool may be used by practitioners seeking to target the impacts of programs, policies, development and other investments to specific needs. This tool can be used to verify the extent to which a project, initiative or redevelopment can be used to secure a specific type of benefit.

Economic Benefit Targeting For Development Tool

This tool is for practitioners seeking to target the impacts of programs, policies, development and other investments to specific needs. This tool can be used to verify the extent to which a project, initiative or redevelopment can be used to secure a specific type of benefit.

Land Tenure and Conservation in Agriculture

With support from the Walton Family Foundation, we released this report and analysis on land ownership, leasing, and tenure as levers to expand conservation practices to rebuild soil health throughout the Midwest. This report explores the network of stakeholders, policies, and institutions through which soil health can be linked to the value of the land and serve as an incentive to change management of that land—and compiles a set of resources that may be taken in concert or used separately by a variety of stakeholders to advance soil health and agricultural conservation practices on farmland in the Midwest and beyond. Specifically, this body of work focused on land trust and publicly held land holdings in Illinois, and how rental agreements can help ownership meet their stewardship goals.

Preparing for Long-Term Stewardship: A Dual Approach for Illinois

This overview of the conservation sector in Illinois was funded by the Grand Victoria Foundation and created in partnership with the Natural Land Institute and the Illinois Environmental Council. By addressing insufficient and inconsistent funding for stewardship through the implementation of a long-term, scalable financing strategy, the Illinois conservation community can overcome the constraints of the current funding cycle and chart a new path forward through new financing and revenue partnership models outlined in this report.

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