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2007 Alliance Press Releases

Mark Ackelson Receives National Conservation Award

October 11, 2007 | Washington, D.C.
Mark Ackelson, president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and active for years in protecting and restoring prairies, wetlands and woodlands, and in creating rail-trails, was announced today as the winner of the prestigious Kingsbury Browne Conservation Award.  He is the second recipient of this honor, awarded by the Land Trust Alliance to recognize outstanding leadership, innovation and creativity in land conservation. Full press release >>

Coalition for Buzzards Bay Receives National Award for Excellence in Land Conservation

October 5, 2007 | Washington, D.C.
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay was presented with a national conservation award for its success in preserving the unique landscape, clean water, and fisheries of Buzzard's Bay in New Bedford, MA, from the sprawl that characterizes most of the Eastern Seaboard. The coalition was selected from more than1,700 land trusts aross the country as the first recipient of the National Land Trust Excellence Award by the Land Trust Alliance. Full press release >>

Denver to Host Largest U.S. Gathering of Land Conservation Leaders

September 2,5 2007 | Washington, D.C.
The Land Trust Alliance today announced that the nation's largest annual gathering of conservationists will meet this fall in Denver, October 3-6, to plan the future of private land conservation in America. The National Land Conservation Conference: Rally 2007 is expected to draw more than 2,100 conservation leaders, government officials and academics. The theme of the conference is "New Frontiers in Conservation. Full press release >>

Wendy Ninteman Hired as Alliance Western Director

September 13, 2007 | Washington, D.C.
The Land Trust Alliance announced the selection of Wendy Ninteman, executive director of the Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula, Minnesota as its new Western Director. Full press release >>

Funding Approved for Fort Frederica Project

September 13, 2007 | Atlanta, GA
In a plan initiated by the St. Simons Land  Trust, the Georgia Land Conservation program has approved a land conservation grant and a low-interest loan to preserve a 20-acre parcel of land adjacent to Fort Frederica that will ultimately become a part of the national monument. The $750,000 grant and $2.75 million loan will cover the total $3.5 million cost of the property. Gov. Sonny Perdue made the announcement on Tuesday, September 11 in Atlanta. Full press release >>

Leslie Ratley-Beach Joins Alliance Staff

July 18, 2007 | Washington, D.C.
Leslie Ratley-Beach has joined the Alliance staff as our Easement Defense Director. Leslie's extensive legal and program experience with conservation easements at the Vermont Land Trust will be a great asset for our community. She will help us address the tough challenges of IRS audits of easements, condemnation of easements, and potential insurance for easements. Full press release >>

Catherine Scott Joins Alliiane as Chief Operating Officer

June 21, 2007 | Washington, D.C.
We are delighted to announce that we have selected Catherine Scott to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the Land Trust Alliance starting September 17. As COO, she will manage operations for the senior directors for all conservation programs, education, finance, policy, communications, information services and technology, and fundraising. Full press release >>

Land Trust Alliance Announces $400,000 in Conservation Partnership Program Grants to New York Land Trusts

June 19, 2007 | New York
A major investment in land conservation was announced by the Land Trust Alliance and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, who joined members of the New York State Legislature and local land trust representatives in the announcement of $400,000 in competitive matching grants to 30 different land trust organizations across New York State. Full press release >>

Alliance Selects Conservation Veterans for Leadership Posts

May 16, 2007 | Washington, D.C.
We are delighted to announce a recent staff change and a new hiring: Renee Kivikko, who has been with the Alliance since 2000, has become our new Director of Education; and Denise Schlener, a conservation veteran with over 30 years experience, has stepped into the position of National Director. These two directors will work to integrate development of the content and the delivery of the Alliance's education and regional programs. Full press release >>

Rep. Thompson and Rep. Camp Lead House Effort to Protect Conservation Tax Benefits for Farmers and Ranchers

March 20, 2007 | Washington, D.C.
Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced H.R. 1576, that would make the newly expanded tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent. Full press release >>

Twenty-two Land Conservation Organiztions Selected for National Accreditation Pilot Program

February 22, 2007 | New York
For the first round of the 2007 pilot program, 22 land conservation organizations from 19 states were selected to represent a diversity of land trusts that will provide us with information about the application and review process. Full press release >>

Senator Baucus Introduces Conservation Incentive Bill

February 1, 2007 | Washington D.C.
Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced legislation yesterday to ensure that a temporary tax incentive for conservation by family members and ranchers keeps on working. The 2006 law, which allowed modest-income landowners to benefit from protecting important natural and historic resources on their land, was set to expire at the end of this year. Senator Baucus' bill would make the law permanent. Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) cosponsored the bill. Full press release >>

Governor Spitzer Announces $1 Million Investment in Land Trust Alliance's Conservation Partnership in New York State

February 1, 2007 | New York
Governor Eliot Spitzer's 2007-2008 Executive Budget, released yesterday, doubles the amount previously available for the New York State Conservation Partnership Program. This pioneering program provides public funds to be used in partnership with qualified private conservation groups to save land that is important for local communities. Full press release >>


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