Brushstrokes of beauty

Each summer, the accredited Douglas Land Conservancy in Colorado gathers artists from across the country for an exceptional opportunity, a week of painting conserved public and private lands.

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Photo by Douglas Land Conservancy volunteer, Tom Netwal

Unleashing a river of words

Artistic expression about nature is the heart of the accredited Hudson Highlands Land Trust’s River of Words program.

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Photo courtesy of Hudson Highlands Land Trust
July 26, 2017
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The start of a new chapter

If you have a story tell, the Land Is My... video contest is a golden opportunity to share it nationally. Imagine if everyone created snapshots of the true value of nature to our lives — how many hearts and minds could we touch?

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Josh Yang outside of his favorite cinema.
July 25, 2017
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A natural canvas

Do you ever stop and think about your surroundings when you are walking in nature? At the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, art gives a voice to the natural landscape that may go unnoticed otherwise.

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Photo courtesy of Openlands
July 24, 2017
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Communities work to improve health

Our communities have a lot to do with how healthy or unhealthy we are, according to a recent report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II
July 21, 2017
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Saving the legal framework of conservation

You might not know its name, but the Uniform Conservation Easement Act (UCEA) benefits the land conservation work Land Trust Alliance members do every day.

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True land conservation isn't about profit

Conserving land is a beautiful experience that begins with a landowner who loves their land.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks

You get what you give

"If you ask your community to invest in you, you need to invest in your community." That's the motto of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, which is giving back through its free outdoor art classes.

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Photo courtesy of Northwest Arkansas Land Trust
July 18, 2017
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Oregon partnership scores conservation win

Conservation and agriculture groups joined forces to pass legislation creating Oregon's first voluntary working lands protection program.

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A diverse coalition successfully lobbied the Oregon Legislative Assembly for a new program benefiting farm and ranch land. / Photo by Derek Schroeder
July 13, 2017
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Building community, creating connections

Trails promote an active, healthy lifestyle and support the local economy by providing opportunities for outdoor recreation to residents and visitors.

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Photo by Molly McGrath
July 12, 2017
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Food for thought

Imagine summer as a kid on the islands in Lake Champlain. Freedom from school, biking through lush green farms and ripening orchards and the lake water beckoning — but for too many children in Vermont, summer is a time of hunger.

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Adam Farris, Christine Bourque and their two daughters. / Photo courtesy of the family
July 11, 2017
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Looking ahead on accreditation

You may have noticed some recent updates to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission's website and applicant materials.

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Photo by Kathleen Rice

Livestock in harmony with sage-grouse

For decades, land trusts across the West have been collaborating with private landowners and public partners to conserve habitat for the sage-grouse — and it's been a big success!

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Volunteers mark a pasture fence to reduce sage-grouse fence-strikes in a Regional Conservation Partnership Program project area on a preserve owned by Eastern Sierra Land Trust. The simple fence tags reduce sage-grouse mortality by 80 percent. / Photo by Susanna Danner