Engaging land trusts in the clean energy conversation

This is an exciting time to be on the front lines of the Land Trust Alliance’s new Land and Climate Program.

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A new community solar project in New York state. / Photo by Ethan Winter
October 17, 2017
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Addressing climate-related challenges

Land trusts are in the business of protecting and managing land. That's what makes them ideally positioned to take on a larger role in mitigating — as well as preparing for the effects of — a changing climate.

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Kelly Watkinson / Photo courtesy of Kelly Watkinson
September 12, 2017
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Finding value in 'fluff'

With limited, overstretched staff, local papers and magazines are only too happy to accept well-written, press-ready articles from nonprofit organizations like land trusts.

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Stroud Preserve / Photo by Geoff Creary, Simone Collins Landscape Architecture
September 07, 2017
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Beautiful life in the muddy water

Every fall, Rani Henderson asks teenagers to wade up to their waists in a muddy pond so they can harvest marsh grass. "They think I'm crazy," she says.

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Photo courtesy of Galveston Bay Foundation
September 06, 2017
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Science! It's uniting land trusts and schools

Land trusts have the opportunity to help states meet their educational goals and objectives by partnering with schools and providing key outdoor education experiences for students.

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Kulshan Creek neighborhood youth at Minkler Lake Conservation Area, protected by the accredited Skagit Land Trust in Washington state. / Photo courtesy of Skagit Land Trust
September 01, 2017
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Welcome to Colorful Colorado!

As we get closer to Rally 2017, I’m hearing how excited Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts members are to welcome everyone to our sunny state!

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A sign welcomes people to Colorado. / Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
August 10, 2017
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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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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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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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Conservation hits the TED stage

When offered a national stage on which to tell my story, I jumped at the chance.

June 13, 2017
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Organized exploration and powerful collaboration

It takes a village to raise a child. And sometimes it takes a whole team to get one outdoors.

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Children explore a stream in Haley Farm State Park. / Photo courtesy of Syma Ebbin
June 12, 2017
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Taking responsibility

I hope my fellow leaders in the land trust community will take responsibility to make sure your boards review the new Land Trust Standards and Practices.

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The Fedak easement, held by the Maryland Environmental Trust & Catoctin Land Trust. / Photo courtesy of Maryland Environmental Trust
May 03, 2017
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In their own words

Videos can share stories from visitors about how they feel about land and why it is so important to preserve open spaces.

April 17, 2017
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Community asset, local treasure

Videos create a sense of place and tell the stories of how people use land.

April 12, 2017
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Take a deep breath

Video can create a sense of place, explain the important role of a land trust in the community, and inspire landowners and donors alike.

April 11, 2017
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Creating Video for Impact

If a picture paints a thousand words, how many more are painted in a compelling video?

 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff were filmed for BatsLIVE, a distance learning adventure that brings bat conservation to life through webcasts and online education resources. / Photo by A. Froschauer (USFWS)
April 10, 2017
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Highlights of 2016

Thanks to you and your generous support, 2016 was the Land Trust Alliance’s most successful year yet. We are eager to share the highlights of the last year, accomplishments that would not have been possible without you.

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Photo courtesy of accredited Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
March 09, 2017
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By and for the community

The Land Trust Alliance Board of Directors has approved the final revised version of the Land Trust Standards and Practices.

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A walking tour of the geology of Wallowa Lake / Photo courtesy of accredited Wallowa Land Trust; photo by David Jensen
February 14, 2017
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New favorite subject — nature!

School doesn’t have to mean being stuck inside all day doing lessons.

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Photo by Betty Davis
February 07, 2017
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The transformative ability of nature

We’ve rounded up Rally 2016 videos, speeches, resources and more. Plus, check out the Lookout Mountain story from the opening plenary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Umar, a Howard School student and intern with Lookout Mountain Conservancy, wowed the crowd at Rally 2016 with his story/Photo by DJ Glisson, III
November 04, 2016
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We’re almost there!

I love talking about Land Trust Standards and Practices and I now know that I’m not alone!

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FreeImages.com/spydermurp
October 12, 2016
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Register today for Rally 2016

Rally 2016 is packed with diverse topics, colleagues and friends to learn and share with, and the resources you need to take your conservation skills further.

September 14, 2016
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Did you know?

Did you know many things could change as we revise and improve Land Trust Standards and Practices? It’s true!

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FreeImages.com/spydermurp
August 03, 2016
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Help light our way

As we keep working to revise and improve Land Trust Standards and Practices, your comments are helping light our way. That’s why we're asking for even more!

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FreeImages.com/spydermurp
July 01, 2016
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Highlights of 2015

Thanks to you and your generous support, 2015 was the Land Trust Alliance’s most successful year yet. With a momentous victory on Capitol Hill, the Alliance has become a big player — despite its small size — in securing the vital resources necessary to make land conservation a success across the U.S.

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istock.com/Saner G, photographer
April 15, 2016
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Keeping a promise

I just finished an incredible community project. It began when a developer put in an offer to purchase a beloved mountain meadow covered with wildflowers, three burbling creeks, a stunning aspen forest — and the Snodgrass trail.

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Part of the Snodgrass trail in Colorado / Photo courtesy of Crested Butte Land Trust
April 14, 2016
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The culture of conservation

Thank you to all of the land trusts that have participated in the 2015 National Land Trust Census! Your participation helps the Land Trust Alliance strengthen land conservation across America.

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An oak-draped road of Edisto Island in South Carolina / Photo courtesy of Edisto Island Open Land Trust
April 01, 2016
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Like a flower in spring

Like a flower in spring, the National Land Trust Census deadline is coming up fast!

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Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature is actively working to conserve the county’s working agricultural landscape / Photo courtesy of Saratoga PLAN
March 24, 2016
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Revising the revisions

As promised, the participatory online platform for the Standards and Practices Revisions is ready!

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A new platform for the Standards and Practices Revisions is online

Beyond dirt-stained jeans

This week’s story from the National Land Trust Census team comes from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.

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Participants in the Learning the Landscapes after-school program / Chelan-Douglas Land Trust
March 18, 2016
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For hikers, bikers and horseback riders

This week’s story from the National Land Trust Census team comes from the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. Executive Director Kaila Dettman shares:

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Pismo Preserve / Photo courtesy of Gary Felsman
March 09, 2016
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Winning weasel

A weasel charmed its way to a win in accredited Mass Audubon’s sixth annual “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors” photo contest.

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Steve Flint's weasel photograph won Mass Audubon’s sixth annual photo contest / Photo courtesy of Mass Audubon
March 08, 2016
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Tell us a story

That’s what we are asking almost 2,000 land trusts to do in the latest National Land Trust Census.

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Nebraska’s scenic Pine Ridge / Photo courtesy of Dave Sands
March 04, 2016
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It’s time to talk (and for us to listen)

One of the reasons I enjoy being part of the land trust community is there’s a collaborative spirit here that allows our community to thrive.

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FreeImages.com/spydermurp
March 02, 2016
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Standards Advisory Team selected

When I called for volunteers to help me revise Land Trust Standards and Practices, I knew excellent candidates would step forward. But I had no idea six dozen people would raise their hand!

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FreeImages.com/spydermurp
January 15, 2016
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Know your audience

Confession time: Before I joined the Land Trust Alliance staff in 2007, I didn’t know what a land trust was. I remember skimming the Alliance’s website the night before my job interview and seeing a lot of words I didn’t understand. Easements? Tax incentive? Technical assistance?

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Photo by Andrew Mayovskyy
January 08, 2016
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My conservation origins

I was always interested in the environment, as my parents were, thus I knew that land preservation was important. My mom and dad demonstrated this to me when they helped save Corbett’s Glen in Brighton, New York, and became members of Genesee Land Trust. Then I took an environmental science class in high school and that really stuck with me.

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Photo courtesy of Emily Handelman
November 05, 2015
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Our land conservation journey

On a warm summer evening I arrived at the B Bar Ranch in the Tom Miner Basin in Montana, joining friends I hadn’t seen in a while. The western conservation community is really a family of dedicated people working to protect a way of life out here.

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Michael Pope from Greenbelt Land Trust points out a bear to western retreat participants
October 19, 2015
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‘If not us, then who?’

My physician once challenged me with a simple question: “We were out walking and you weren’t with us so we couldn’t ask you about a flower we saw. How are you and your husband going to share your knowledge after you are gone?” I turned to technology for the answer.

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Ken Crowell teaches a boy about voles/Photo courtesy of Marnie Crowell
September 11, 2015
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Connecting to nature en Español

Teatown Lake Reservation in New York is all about connecting people with nature, but a language barrier keeps getting in the way. In some parts of its region, north of New York City, more than 40% of people speak Spanish as their first language.

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(L to R): Land Trust Alliance’s Ethan Winter; Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens; children and teachers from Teatown’s Head Start/Nurtured by Nature program; state assembly member Sandra Galef; high school student Eli Brand; Teatown Lake Reservation’s executive director Kevin Carter/Photo by Laura Elmore/Teatown Lake Reservation
August 19, 2015
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A day on the farm

One beautiful spring day, Glen Leven Farm, conserved by the accredited Land Trust for Tennessee, welcomed students with their families and teachers from the John Early Museum Magnet Middle School for a chance to get their hands dirty on a real working farm.

July 16, 2015
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Using the outdoors as a classroom

Over 30 land trust staff members recently broke free from their routines to learn from each other at the 2015 Midwest Land Protection & Stewardship Peer Gathering in Racine, Wisconsin.

June 15, 2015
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Rue Mapp to keynote Rally 2015

We’re excited to announce Rue Mapp, the founder of Outdoor Afro, as the keynote speaker at Rally 2015.

May 19, 2015
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