Assurance for landowners

In her work at Upstate Forever to protect special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina, Erin Jordan Knight has encountered landowners who understandably question how they can be sure that future enforcers of their easements will be fair.

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Upstate Forever, The Nature Conservancy and Naturaland Trust partnered to protect this 2,208 acre property/© Mac Stone
September 23, 2015
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Why we hike

Sometimes the awe and beauty of the mountains can stop you in your tracks, erase all from your mind that is not present in that moment, and focus you on the here-and-now in a way not readily achieved in our daily lives.

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Madeline Kallin hiking/Photo courtesy of David Kallin
September 22, 2015
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This ‘cranky Yankee’ wears many hats

Jamey French wears many hats, but the role that perhaps best describes this New Englander’s wide range of pursuits is “ambassador.”

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Jamey French/Photo courtesy of Northland Forest Products
September 16, 2015
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Collecting data, growing passion

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has one scientist on its staff, ecologist Melanie Tluczek. Yet the organization conducts extensive research on the 30,200-acre desert preserve that it helps manage north of Phoenix. How does the organization do so much research?

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Citizen scientists work with a partner scientist from the Arizona Geological Survey to map milky quartz deposits in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve/© Marianne Jensen
September 15, 2015
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“makke Mutsun” — We’re Mutsun

The Amah Mutsun Tribe in Northern California is not federally recognized and receives no assistance from either the federal or state governments. In spite of this, our Tribe is determined to find a path that will allow us to fulfill our mandate from Creator and follow the path of our ancestors.

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Tribal Chair Val Lopez helps Tribal Steward Nathan Vasquez learn the traditional ways of their ancestors/© Harry Who Photography
September 14, 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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Pieces of a puzzle: Why art and science matter to conservation

As both an artist and a scientist people sometimes ask me, “How does art affect your views on science?” or “Does science find its way into your art?” The simple answer is that the boundary between them is porous.

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Justin Robinson
September 08, 2015
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Unplugging: One month later

One month after I unplugged my home internet connection, I think the only one who’s sad about the change is Comcast.

September 03, 2015
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In memoriam: Klara Sauer

As Labor Day approaches, we at Scenic Hudson are thinking about Klara Sauer, a true conservation leader we lost earlier this summer.

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Klara Sauer/Photo courtesy of Scenic Hudson Land Trust
September 01, 2015
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From mowing to meadows

Americans spend approximately $40 billion a year to maintain more than 32 million acres of lawn — an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania. We pour 270 billion gallons of water per week on our lawns. We apply 10 times more fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides than farmers do to their crops. Making meadows is a green alternative.

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Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve in Pennsylvania/Photo by Bill Moses
August 27, 2015
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