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In Review: 2014 Southeast Regional Assembly of Land Trusts

The sun was shining and the snowflakes were falling in Chattanooga, but we still had a fabulous time learning from all of you at the 2014 Southeast Regional Assembly of Land Trusts, March 24-25. We were thrilled to get to know new staff and board members from land trusts across our 12 southeastern states and to reconnect with old friends and conservation colleagues.

Forty-three land trusts attended from 10 southeastern states with leaders among them participating in panel discussions and designing and leading new workshops. We celebrated the newly accredited Southeast land trusts – a total of 48, and Chuck Roe’s ten year anniversary with the Land Trust Alliance.

To make the most of our evenings, we convened after-dinner-conversations on accreditation, fundraising, land stewardship and collaborations. After lunch on Tuesday, we were treated to the inspiring story of How Green is My Valley: Chattanooga’s Verdant Vision, with Bruz Clark of the Lyndhurst Foundation and Jim Brown, former executive director of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

Check out the seminar handouts and presentations below - and please send us your comments. We depend on your feedback to help shape future trainings and conferences. Thank you!


Monday, March 24

Seminar A:  Easement Modification and Termination: National Perspectives, State Issues and IRS Concerns

Leaders: Sylvia Bates, Land Trust Alliance (NH), Mark Jendrek, Attorney at Law (TN), Emily Parish, Land Trust for Tennessee (TN)
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Seminar B:  Board Governance: We Need a Fundraising Board: Now What?

Leader: David Allen, Development for Conservation (WI)
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Seminar C:  Growing Your Land Trust: Managing Change in Small and All Volunteer Land Trusts

Leader: Heather Yandow, Third Space Studio (NC)
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Tuesday, March 25

Workshop 1:  Land Trusts and Climate Change: Prioritizing Resilient Landscapes

Leader: David Ray, Open Space Institute (NC)
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Workshop 2:  Tales from the Field: Proactively Dealing with Easement Violations

Leader: Magill Weber, Mayes, Wilson & Associates (WI)
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Workshop 3: A Survey of the GIS Landscape in 2014

Leaders: Andy Carroll, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (TN); Daniel Carter, University of the South (TN); Randy Hale, North River Geographic Systems, Inc. (TN)
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Workshop 4:  Zen and the Art of Maintaining Organizational Momentum

Leaders: Joe Skalski and Matt Kaynard, Large & Gilbert, P.C. (GA); Robert Keller, Atlantic Coast Conservancy, (GA); Phil Landrum, Attorney at Law (GA)
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Workshop 5: Land Protection, Behind the Scenes

Leader: Michelle Pugliese, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (NC)
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Workshop 6: Being an Advocacy Ambassador to Public Officials – Because Only You Can Make Them Care

Leader: Bart James, Land Trust Alliance (DC); Tom Gilbert, Trust for Public Land (PA)
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Seminar D: Tapping Into the Power of Your Board to Develop Key Relationships with Decision-Makers

Leaders: Sara Wilson and Magill Weber, Mayes, Wilson & Associates (WI); Wendy Jackson, Freshwater Land Trust (AL)
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Seminar E: Seal the Deal: Organizational Readiness and Bridge Financing

Leader: Reggie Hall, The Conservation Fund (VA)
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Seminar F: Telling the Story of Your Land Trust’s Impact

Leader: Heather Yandow, Third Space Studio (NC)
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We Hope to See You Again Soon!

Join us September 17-18 at 2014 Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference in Providence, Rhode island.

Thank you for all you do to protect our favorite places in the Southeast!

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Western View-Shed of Chattanooga Protected

Western View-Shed of Chattanooga Protected

TN - The Tennessee River Gorge Trust has been working with heirs of the Leo Stolphmann family to acquire a 308-acre conservation easement which protects, in perpetuity, the western view-shed of the City of Chattanooga. This brings the total preserved land to more than 16,700 acres or 62% of the Gorge in only 27 years.

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