Marking a milestone

Kris Krouse of the accredited Shirley Heinze Land Trust in Indiana tells us how investing in the Land Trust Alliance as a partner and ally can strengthen all facets of your land trust. 

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Little Calumet River/Photo by Alex Zaideman

Stronger together

I believed more than 35 years ago that we are stronger together, and that has never been truer than it is today.

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Land Trust Alliance Board Member Judith Stockdale / Photo courtesy of Judith Stockdale
December 04, 2017
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The importance of being counted

When perpetual land protection is your goal, long-time horizons need to be one of your most important temporal scales.

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Children spot a tortoise, one of many native creatures to the 39,000 acres of southern Arizona land protected by the accredited Arizona Land & Water Trust of Tucson, Arizona. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
December 01, 2017
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It's time for natural climate solutions

Land conservation offers a critical solution as activists and diplomats meet this week in Bonn to identify how nations will avoid a 2-degree Celsius increase in global average surface temperature (with a far preferable threshold being 1.5 degrees).

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Land Trust Alliance President Andrew Bowman / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
November 10, 2017
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A culture of conservation

The accredited Chelan-Douglas Land Trust had an idea, so they approached the Land Trust Alliance to bring it to life.

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Photo courtesy of Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

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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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

Forever Rural gains ground in New York

Wheels are now in motion to return students to nature in New York.

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Forever Rural nature trail / Photo by Charlie Burgess

From gravel to gamboling

Once a private commercial gravel pit, this land is now a public-access natural park visited by over 5,000 people a year.

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Photo of R Park by David Swift

Building an ambassador landscape with community input

What does community conservation mean to you? You know it when you see it, but can you articulate it in principle?

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Photo courtesy of Taos Land Trust

Weaving together community

The Carolina Thread Trail weaves together the story of a North Carolina community, who worked together, locally and regionally, to improve their quality of life.

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Students using the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, a part of the Carolina Thread Trail, in Charlotte, NC. Photo courtesy of Carolina Thread Trail
June 07, 2017
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Outdoor adventure meets environmental monitoring

Emma Bode and Muy Lim went rock climbing in Thailand over Christmas. While they were there, they collected water samples for the nonprofit Adventure Scientists' Global Microplastics Project.

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Muy Lim enjoys the view of the Andaman Sea while climbing. / Photo by Emma Bode
June 06, 2017
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Veterans build universal access trail

When the Anderson Woods Nature Preserve opened near Lake Michigan, the dedication ceremony was a perfect reflection of the project — and the community as a whole.

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Photo courtesy of Land Conservancy of West Michigan
June 05, 2017
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Mark your calendar for World Environment Day

Are you ready to celebrate? I hope so, because this year Canada is hosting World Environment Day on June 5 with UN Environment and it is going to be fun!

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Photo courtesy of Nature Conservancy of Canada

Connecting the world's tallest trees

The Berry Glen Trail property may be small in size, but its impact is large.

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Photo by Paolo Vescia

Capital of the Powhatan chiefdom conserved

Werowocomoco, the capital of the Powhatan chiefdom and one of the most significant Native American sites in North America, now has another honor designated to its name: conserved forever.

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Photo by John Henley

New York’s virtuous cycle

Across the last 14 years, New York has invested $15 million in expanding the work and reach of land trusts throughout the Empire State.

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New York State Conservation Partnership Program 2017 grants announcement group photo. / Photo courtesy of Hudson Highlands Land Trust
April 27, 2017
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Connecting people to the land, one shrub at a time

Wielding pickaxes and watering buckets, university students, veterans, fly-fishing enthusiasts and others gathered on a recent spring morning near Missoula, Montana to help Five Valleys Land Trust with an ambitious project: planting 300 shrubs around a new wetland.

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Lily Haines and Graham Roy show their enthusiasm for planting willow seedlings at Five Valleys Land Trust's wetland restoration site. / Photo by Jenny Tollefson

Best volunteer opportunity. Ever.

We here at The Land Conservancy of McHenry County were recently brainstorming ways to make a litter clean up more fun for our supporters when we came up with a spectacular idea!

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Trash that The Land Conservancy of McHenry County needed to clear was collected with the help of volunteers. / Photo courtesy of The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
April 18, 2017
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Changes within the Alliance’s policy department

Many of us are concerned — if not alarmed — about the impacts of political changes in Washington, D.C., on federal environmental policies, especially those that affect land trusts and land conservation. These include the Farm Bill, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and tax reform legislation.

April 14, 2017
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Meeting without an agenda

Have you ever had a meeting without an agenda?

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Left to right: Ellen Shepard of Virginia’s United Land Trusts, Faye Cooper of Valley Conservation Council, Wendy Kendrick of Central Virginia Land Conservancy, Dave Perry of Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, John Eustis of New River Land Trust, Meagan Cupka of Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, and Don Owen of the Land Trust Alliance. The group gathered at the Kendrick Farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Amherst County, Virginia. / Photo by Meagan Cupka
April 13, 2017
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Land trust enhances carbon sequestration

Feeling the impacts of climate change in its region, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust in California took action.

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Photo by Michael Woolsey

Terrafirma is good for the long drive

Terrafirma is starting its fifth year with over 500 members! Forty-eight states plus Washington, D.C. are represented, and Terrafirma insures more than 8.15 million acres across 28,067 parcels. And as a service, Terrrafirma delivers!

 

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March 07, 2017
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Legacy of leadership

This year, the Land Trust Alliance is celebrating a legacy of leadership on behalf of the land trust community.

February 21, 2017
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Community forest, community vision

The Rensselaer Plateau in upstate New York is getting its second community forest. What's a community forest? Well, it depends on the community.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II
February 10, 2017
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Where 7 in 10 are conservationists

The annual Conservation in the West poll, released by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, recently proved what many of us in the West already know to be true.

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Photo by Justin Haug
February 08, 2017
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Our strategic response to climate change

After investing decades of hard work and billions of dollars in conservation — and now looking to expand efforts to permanently conserve important landscapes — land trusts are increasingly concerned about the impacts of climate change.

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Andrew Bowman at Rally 2016 / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
January 18, 2017
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Winning big

What do mountain unicycling, bird photography and river snorkeling have in common?

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Stephen Ramirez, winner of the inaurgural LandIsMy.org video contest, flies a drone / Photo courtesy of Ashley Lovell
January 11, 2017
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New model land and water initiative launches

The Land Trust Alliance recently launched the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative (the Initiative) in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network to deploy an integrated and innovative approach to permanent land protection, stewardship, co

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Sunset at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland / ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/Yvonne Navalaney
January 09, 2017
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Along came a spider

"While some scientists are exploring outer space, it's amazing to think that we're still discovering new things on Earth, like new species of spiders right here in Central Indiana," Cliff Chapman, executive director of the accredited Central Indiana Lan

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Glacier's End Nature Preserve in Indiana / Photo by Dick Miller
January 04, 2017
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Breaking barriers

Arizona Land & Water Trust has grown the conservation community, breaking barriers and forging new alliances across the state. Even with people who describe themselves as hard-headed cowboys.

December 19, 2016
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Fellowship follows fire

As the Hunterdon Land Trust prepared to celebrate its 20th anniversary, a small fire broke out Aug. 12 at our historic Dvoor Farm House headquarters.

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Firefighters respond Aug. 12, 2016, to the historic Dvoor Farm House headquarters of New Jersey's Hunterdon Land Trust / Photo courtesy of Nilo Hodge
December 15, 2016
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Collaborating to conserve

Oblong Land Conservancy and Putnam County Land Trust of New York recently contemplated how they could best conserve a crucial wetland.

 

December 12, 2016
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Connecting kids to nature

Bora still remembers his response when he was asked what it means to conserve land.

December 05, 2016
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56 million

In this season of celebration, I'm extremely pleased to share with you some news we can all cheer.

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Children spot a tortoise, one of many native creatures to the 39,000 acres of southern Arizona land protected by the accredited Arizona Land & Water Trust of Tucson, Arizona / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
December 01, 2016
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The Twelfth Man

Maybe you don’t know much about football. But where I come from in Alabama, it’s in your blood. So there are times I think of land conservation in football terms.

November 28, 2016
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Providing opportunities

Land trusts don’t just preserve land. In many cases, they preserve a community’s heritage and character.

November 22, 2016
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Benefiting community

There are many ways a land trust can benefit its community. Some create a wildlife refuge. Some conserve a lakeshore. Some improve public school play yards.

November 18, 2016
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Promoting conservation through outdoor recreation

"The more people care and advocate for these resources, the greater the chance they’re going to survive into the future."

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Photo by Hansi Johnson
October 19, 2016
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Holding on to the land

Vander Green was at his wit’s end. He owed money on the mortgage for 42 acres he had inherited from his father, who had bought it in 1940. Green figured he had to sell 21 acres to make enough to pay his debt. There didn’t seem to be another way out.

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Vander Green delightedly removes the "For Sale" sign on his property. / Photo courtesy the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation
October 04, 2016
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Creating environmental detectives

One of the projects the accredited Pee Dee Land Trust in South Carolina is working on — with some Land Trust Alliance Excellence seed money — is called the Black Creek BioBlitz.

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Photo courtesy of Pee Dee Land Trust
September 26, 2016
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On the Road

I wake up each day to a job I love. I get to work with some of the nicest people I’ve ever known: land trust volunteers and staff.

September 22, 2016
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Putting landscapes to work

To better connect people in the community with nature, this conservancy is putting landscapes to work.

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Sandhill cranes on land protected by the Driftless Area Land Conservnacy in Wisconsin / Photo by Mary Kay Baum
September 08, 2016
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Planting the seeds of conservation

What if children in the neighborhood could help with planting the gardens in the park?

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Genesee Land Trust's El Camino Trail / Photo courtesy of Genesee Land Trust
August 19, 2016
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Milestones in Montana

For more than 15 years, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust has partnered with private landowners and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to conserve some of Montana’s most productive agricultural soils. But this week is a special one.

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The Toohey property near Bozeman, Montana / Photo courtesy of Gallatin Valley Land Trust
August 11, 2016
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Defining community conservation

We all know community conservation when we see it. But can we articulate it in principle?

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Defining community conservation was a group effort at one Land Trust Alliance event / Photo by Kristin Troy
August 05, 2016
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Conserving ranches to protect the climate

Agricultural land conservation is part of California’s strategy to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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The Bridgeport Valley in Mono County, California / Photo courtesy of Hunewill Ranch
July 28, 2016
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Bridging communities

Sometimes a bridge on a trail is more than just a bridge.

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Photo by Al Gartzke Photography

Sharing a special preserve

Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk, free of charge, Bay Preserve at Osprey on Florida’s Little Sarasota Bay is a true community park.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks

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

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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And for our next trick…

By many measures, 2015 was a big year for the Land Trust Alliance.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks
May 23, 2016
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Field trips connect people to land

Snakes aren’t slimy and crayfish do indeed pinch.

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Photo courtesy of Georgia Ackerman

Engaged communities

Community conservation is an approach to land conservation that starts with people, because to keep saving land, we need more people who care about the land.

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Local children get acquainted with an estuary thanks to Damariscotta River Association / Photo by Cara Slifka
May 17, 2016
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Historic land and beer: A natural fit

Brothers Mark and David Bennett and their friend Todd Boera had been searching for a farm to expand their business, Fonta Flora Brewery, that would showcase local agriculture in their beer production.

 

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From left: Andrew Kota, Foothills Conservancy’s stewardship director; Mark Bennett, David Bennett and Todd Boera with Fonta Flora Brewery; and Nora Coffey, superintendent of Lake James State Park / Photo courtesy of Foothills Conservancy
May 12, 2016
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Major victory for sportsmen

Conservationists from across the nation met earlier this month in Salt Lake City for the 10th annual Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, hosted by the Mule Deer Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.

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February 24, 2016
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Unlocking public access

“This is a magical, game-filled landscape we’ve all been aching to use but until now could not,” says Garrett VeneKlasen, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “Three cheers to the Wyss Foundation and The Wilderness Land Trust for making this dream become reality!”

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Rimrock Rose Ranch/Photo courtesy of Claire Haughey
February 23, 2016
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One for the team

After 11 years of controversy, including a trial, the Mohonk Preserve has prevailed in an important title case.

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Forested ridge and cliffs in the Mohonk Preserve/Photo courtesy of Mohonk Preserve
January 11, 2016
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Save the places you love this Giving Tuesday

On this global day dedicated to giving back, we invite you to help save the special places you need and love by supporting the Land Trust Alliance.

December 01, 2015
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Farm repurposed to fight hunger

The accredited American Chestnut Land Trust is remaking its “community supported agriculture” farm into an “agriculture supporting community” farm.

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American Chestnut Land Trust interns show off lettuce grown on Double Oak Farm/©Jeff Klapper
November 10, 2015
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Revising Standards and Practices

Community. Public trust. Permanence. Land Trust Standards and Practices defines the very values of the land trust community.

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November 09, 2015
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Thirsty Colorado battling over raindrops

Deb Neeley, an office manager and urban farmer who lives in Denver, collects water in a rain barrel from a gutter off her greenhouse — illegally!

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Keeping farms and ranches working

As scenic ranches in California’s Bay Area are snapped up and transformed into showcase estates, the accredited Marin Agricultural Land Trust is taking extra measures to ensure that the working ranches it protects stay in agricultural production.

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Rancher Al Poncia voluntarily amended a Marin Agricultural Land Trust conservation easement on his land to include a Mandatory Agricultural Use provision, ensuring that the land his family has farmed for four generations will continue to feed the community and contribute to the local economy/© Michael Woolsey/MALT
July 13, 2015
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Conservation with a consciousness

Land conservation with a social consciousness. That’s the way Howard Aronson, a board member with Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) in New Jersey described a recent project the land trust supported.

July 09, 2015
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Terrafirma by the numbers

The Land Trust Alliance formed Terrafirma in 2011 to help land trusts defend their conserved lands from legal challenge.

The key to land trust success: Volunteerism

The Sheffield Land Trust in Sheffield, Mass., which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, attributes much of its success to the volunteers who have helped its two-person staff attend to all of the details involved in accomplishing its work.

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Sheffield Land Trust volunteer Sally Cook speaks at the land trust’s 25th anniversary celebration. Cook, a former Sheffield Land Trust board member, is among the many volunteers to help the organization excel at its work.
July 01, 2015
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How we’ve changed in forty years

The Phippsburg Land Trust recently celebrated its 40th year as an active coastal Maine land trust. From its humble beginnings in 1974 to the thriving organization I help today as a board member, the Phippsburg Land Trust has grown with the times.

June 25, 2015
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Conservation in a changing climate

The climate is changing — and fast. As a father, an avid fly-fisherman and a conservationist, I think every day about what I can do to be part of the solution.

June 17, 2015
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