Resources for Landowners
Ways to make a significant impact on a larger scale in your own landscape ecology from the trees you keep/plant and the ways you manage the whole plot.
Landscape Level Impacts
Every American state has a department of ecology or form of environmental protection, meant to "Protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations".
US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services "Web Soil Survey", let's you interact with a map to find the soil type and details for your region. Managing our land of course starts with the soil.
Aiming for Organic Practices
From small scale farms and landscapes, to larger industry agriculture or other land management, I've collected a few samples of organic practices for the PNW and beyond. If you aim for organic certification specifically, there will be specific guides for that out there but I've included a nice page from the USDA for their organic assistance. Most resources are for pest control
Organic Land Management and Agriculture
Washington State University Organic Agriculture Resources
"WSU had been an active participant in the pursuit of information, tools, and organic solutions to agricultural production and sustainability challenges" since the 1970s. In this link, you'll find their page with links to research and published guides for organic ag.
Short guide to organic pest management with USDA regulation standards and additional resources.
Organic Pest Management guide
University of California IPM
Thorough site by University of California with pages for home/garden , agricultural, natural landscapes, and exotic/invasive pests and how to manage them using integrated pest management for least harm.
Organic Pest Control Methods
Nice intro to organic agriculture for South Dakota region. Covering integrated pest management techniques, including chemical use and alternatives. Also has links to workshops.
USDA Organic Certification Resources
"Many USDA agencies serve the growing organic sector. Whether you're already certified organic, considering transitioning all or part of your operation, or working with organic producers, we have resources for you. This portal connects you with programs, services, and educational materials that can help your organic farm or business."
Soil Fertility Guide for Gardeners & Small Farms
Guide to soil health for organic gardening and farming. Includes sections on: soil fundamentals, soil testing & fertilizing recommendations, organic soil amendments & builders, organic fertilizers, plus further reading suggestions. PDF download
NE Sustainable Agriculture Research & Ed.
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education's page on organic production with resources by topic. Including: pest management, whole systems, seeds, fertility management, tillage, animal systems, marketing, certification, conservation, and transition to organic. It's a guide specific to the northeast area of the US.
Native Plant Societies
Every North American state has it's own native plant society.
North American Native Plant Society (NANPS) is a volunteer-operated organization focusing on preserving native plants and their habitat in wild areas while restoring indigenous flora to developed areas.
Through the NANPS you can find your own local Native Plant Society.
Hedgerows have long been used as living barriers but they can be more than just a row of 1 type of shrub. They can be another way to create habitat for more species and add diversity to otherwise monoculture crops or non-native grass rangelands.
Here is a site by the Native Plant Salvage Foundation of WA with a How-To handbook and some templates for building a better hedgerow for a healthier landscape.
The Department of Natural Resources has an interesting assessment that any landowner can do with their own property to officially quantify the land's habitat quality. "The Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) method uses vegetation composition as a means of assessing ecological condition." It particularly focuses on species that are, say "pickier" in their habitat, only living where it is less degraded. This can be a useful tool for anyone wanting to know for sure if their land management efforts will make a positive difference in the land quality, instead of just "eyeballing it".
The following page is a guide through that process, with some additional options.