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

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

Our #LandIsMy video contest is back!

How do you connect with the land? Do you play on it? Make your living from it? Explore it? Just look at it? Share your connection to the land with us.

June 20, 2017
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Building environmental markets for capital

Today about $52 billion is available annually for conservation management of working lands globally. Unfortunately, that's a fraction of the estimated $300-$400 billion needed for stewardship of the natural resources of those lands.

June 19, 2017
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Top tips from a reporter

To advise land trusts on how to garner media attention (the good kind), the Land Trust Alliance asked reporter Mary Kane to list her top tips.

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Fun action photos can help you gain media attention. / Photo courtesy of Rob Wade
June 16, 2017
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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

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