Ambassador of the Year: Alicia Reban

For nearly 20 years Alicia Reban has been dedicated to preserving Nevada’s open spaces. As executive director of the Nevada Land Trust, Alicia took the Land Trust Alliance Ambassador pledge at a time when her state’s senior senator, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, was majority leader.

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U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Nevada Land Trust Executive Director Alicia Reban/Photo courtesy of Alicia Reban
October 15, 2015
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Expiration isn’t the end

The Land and Water Conservation Fund expired this week  — its first expiration in 50 years — but this isn’t the end.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund helped protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota/FreeImages.com/Matthew Barnett
October 02, 2015
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Growing bipartisan support

Two presidential contenders — one Republican and one Democrat — are the newest sponsors of federal legislation to make permanent an enhanced incentive for conservation easement donations.

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FreeImages.com/Jonathan Kendrick
October 01, 2015
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Building brand one hiker at a time

What do you get when you mix summer hiking, a helicopter, free shirts, corporate sponsors and a beautiful lake? Lake George Land Conservancy’s annual Hike-A-Thon!

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Lake George Land Conservancy’s popular Hike-A-Thon began as an anniversary event, but is now an annual event/Photo courtesy of Lake George Land Conservancy
September 30, 2015
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How to conserve water

As the Land Trust Alliance prepares for Rally 2015 in California, water conservation is top of mind for us. Nearly 1,800 people are convening in Sacramento for our annual conference that begins Oct. 8, and the associated water use won’t be insubstantial.

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FreeImages.com/Pakize Ozturk
September 29, 2015
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Saving the sage-grouse

Successful private land conservation played a significant role in this week’s announcement that the greater sage-grouse does not require protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

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© Steve Fairbairn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
September 24, 2015
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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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