The importance of a national standard

Open Space Institute saw the value in a national standard that helps land trusts of all sizes uphold the highest standards and practices.

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Photo courtesy of Open Space Institute

How much are we walking and biking?

Want to know how much people are walking and biking in your state or city? Check out the new benchmarks report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

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June 21, 2016
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Desert denizens

The Mojave Desert Land Trust in California acquires land to buffer already protected land.

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Photo courtesy of Mojave Desert Land Trust

A new spin on the web of life

The natural world has always been my comfort zone.

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Regan Plumb shows a kestrel to a captivated audience / Photo by Fiona Hicks
June 14, 2016
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Qualified holder for a reason

The Land Trust Alliance sees the new IRS interpretation of the federal conservation gift law enacted in 1980 as deeply flawed.

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Gone to the dogs

For more than 10 years, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has hosted year-round hikes for its members and the public to experience beautiful places protected by the land trust.

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Photo courtesy SAHC
June 10, 2016
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Tax shelters aren’t charity

Among its many roles, the Land Trust Alliance works with land trusts to address threats to our community. It is my belief we are facing a serious and urgent threat we all need to work to thwart: promoters using hyper-inflated conservation donations as a tool for selling tax deductions to wealthy investors.

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Andrew Bowman/Photo courtesy of Andrew Bowman
June 08, 2016
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Got baselines?

An easement from 1980 was put to the test in a recent conservation defense case in Connecticut.

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June 03, 2016
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Isn't that already protected?

When an uproar arose over the development of a forest with public hiking trails in Pennsylvania, the cry was, “Wasn’t that land protected?” The answer was “nope.”

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June 02, 2016
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