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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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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