Practical Conservation is about conserving biodiversity and managing for wildlife in practical ways that allow landscapes to remain agriculturally productive. In the course of my teaching and research, I come across much that is useful to those of us interested in or engaged in practical conservation. Practical Conservation’s goal is to provide research reviews, management tools, management guides, interviews and other forms of information as a service to farmers, managers and scientists that live and work in agricultural systems. Conservation Manuals will contain links to important literature for farmers and others who need to apply current science on the ground. Research Articles will list relevant scientific literature. Tools will feature technology to guide management decisions.
Sam Riffell is a Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries at Mississippi State University. His research focuses on evaluating the wildlife benefits of CRP habitat, incorporating wildlife into productive agricultural landscapes, and landscape ecology. A native of southern Ohio, he grew up working for farmers before earning a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Michigan State University.