WHEP Program a Win-Win for California Rice Waterbirds

Cary Blake, Western Farm Press,

 April 8, 2013   WHEP program a win

The Montna farming family of Dingville, CA., successfully integrates commercial rice production on its 3,000 acres of land with habitat enhancement practices which benefits waterbirds, thanks to a partnership with California’s Natural Resources Conservaton Services (NRCS).

Leopold Conservation Award 2010

“Sand County Foundation presents its Leopold Conservation Award to a private landowner who exemplifies the spirit of this emerging land ethic – an individual or a family who translates their deep abiding love for the land by leaving their land better than they found it.”   …Sand County Foundation


Leopold Conservation Award 2010

A Living Legacy, Handing Down the Family Farm

Handing Down the Family Farm: A living legacy
By Kate Campbell • June 8, 2006

“With sprawl eating up 2 million acres of undeveloped land a year, family like the Montnas in Sutter County work to protect wildlife habitat while continuing to farm.  In the future, Nicole Montna Van Vleck and Michelle Vogt will operate the family’s farms in accordance with easement requirements for wildlife habitat conservation.  The family has a diversified farming operation that includes drying and shipping rice.”

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