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Midwest Land Conservation Conference

April 8 - 10, 2014
Haworth Conference Center | Holland, Michigan
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New ADA Rules on Trails and Access

Additional rules on trails and access for people with disabilities have been issued by The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (“Access Board”). While these affect federal land only, more are coming that will affect private land.

The guidelines add scoping and technical requirements for newly constructed or altered (but not existing) trails, camping facilities, picnic facilities, viewing areas and beach access routes created by or on behalf of federal agencies to ensure these facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Effective date is November 25, 2013. The Access Board’s website states that guidelines for non-federal sites covered by the ADA will be developed through a subsequent rule-making. Visit the American Trails website for comprehensive information, analysis, and details about an upcoming webinar »

Federal Funding Matrix

Partnering with government agencies, nonprofit partners and unlikely allies is critical to the permanent protection of the special places we love. To help land trusts in the Midwest better connect with key federal conservation funding programs, we have produced a matrix summarizing contact and program information of the federal programs most commonly used in the Midwest to advance the protection of working lands, natural lands, and water resources. Download it now »

See an error or omission? Please let us know. Interested in advocating for federal funding for conservation? Become a Land Trust Advocate »

How We Help

The Midwest Regional Program advances the pace, quality, and permanence of land conservation in the 13 midwestern states — from the Great Plains to the Great Lakes to Appalachia, with a special focus on providing Excellence programs to increase land trusts’ conservation impact in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and the Great Lakes basin.

  • The Chicago Project 2012-14 is a land conservation program providing training, collaboration and networking. The program provides both individual organizational development services, as well as facilitation of collaborative land conservation efforts. Learn more about this program.
  • The Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT) is a voluntary network of land trusts and other conservation organizations dedicated to advancing land conservation for public benefit in Ohio. Learn more about this collaboration.
  • Indiana Land Trust Advancement Program. This 3-year program in Indiana provides the state's land trusts with training, organizational growth services, and technical assistance to help them upgrade their practices, develop sustainable operational and financial structures, and prepare for accreditation review. Program description.
  • Michigan Advancing Conservancy Excellence Program (ACE) is a comprehensive program to help land trusts reach their next level of excellence, to assist land trusts to prepare for accreditation, and to support a strong and cohesive conservation community. Find out more about this program.
  • The Upper Mississippi River Land Trust Excellence Program is a comprehensive, two-year program designed to strengthen the capacity, expertise and conservation impact of land trusts operating within a seven-state region of the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Our primary goal is to build land trust capacity to help improve water quality through land conservation and restoration, thereby enhancing the resilience of the Mississippi River and its headwaters. Learn more about this program.

  • Wisconsin Land Trust Excellence and Advancement Program (LEAP) is a multi-year program of services and support designed to help Wisconsin’s land trusts permanently protect the state’s natural and working lands by ensuring their own sustainability, effectiveness and credibility. Learn more.

  • strategic-conservation-report-coverStrategic Conservation Planning: Protecting Freshwater Resources in the Great Lakes Basin helps you discover how planning can help to better protect our land and water, learn about how land trusts involved their communities, read about one effort to develop a plan for a top priority project area, find out about a statewide initiative to identify priority lands, and learn how one land trust identified properties throughout their service area and then quantified the financial resources they’ll need to protect the top priorities. Download full report. (PDF, 15.7MB)

 

Contact Us

Carolyn Waldron, Midwest Director
Phone:
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269) 324-1683

MaryKay O'Donnell, Midwest Conservation Manager
Phone: (269) 352-7032

Laura Eklov, Midwest Program Coordinator
Phone: (269) 324-1683

Artis Freye, Midwest Program Assistant
Phone: (269) 324-1683

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