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

October 7, 2011 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.

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Contact: Rob Aldrich
Director of Communications
202-431-8848 | raldrich@lta.org
http://www.lta.org/rally


Leaders Gather to Plan the Future of Private Land Conservation

 

Washington, D.C. – The Land Trust Alliance today announced that the nation’s largest annual gathering of land conservation leaders will meet this fall in Milwaukee, WI, October 13-16, to celebrate land conservation in America.  Rally 2011: The National Land Conservation Conference is expected to draw more than 1,500 conservation leaders, government officials and academics.

“People in the Midwest have a great appreciation for the land and the gifts it offers.  From the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi to the tall grass prairies, and from the forested lands and farms to Lake Michigan’s scenic landscapes, communities are uniting to save the places that give meaning to our lives,” said Land Trust Alliance President Rand Wentworth.  “This commitment prioritizes the protection of clean air, clean water, wildlife, and places to explore close to home.”

Land trusts are local, state or nationwide nonprofits whose mission is to conserve land in its natural or traditional state, including farming and ranching, through voluntary agreements with landowners.  According to the latest numbers collected by the Alliance, more than 50 land trusts in Wisconsin have protected a total of 52,696 acres.

“We selected Milwaukee this year to honor the strong urban conservation ethic in this region, and also to give our supporters a chance to enjoy the state’s diverse beauty,” said Wentworth. Milwaukee features Frederick Law Olmsted's extraordinary urban parks system, and the city has made additional investments in creating green, livable and eco-friendly communities. With the Olmsted parks and an incredible network of Milwaukee County parks – as well as the celebrated urban gardens and their advancement of the local foods movement – it is on the forefront of conservation success.

The first of this year’s keynote speakers, Will Allen, has been named to Time magazine’s 2010 100 World’s Most Influential People list. He is the founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., and is a preeminent thinker on urban agriculture and food policy. He has been invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in her “Let’s Move” signature program, and he works tirelessly to train and support community farmers to ensure a local source of healthy food regardless of political or economic status.

Rally will also feature a keynote address from Will Rogers, CEO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL).  An innovator in urban redevelopment projects as well as the conservation of remote and inspirational wildlands, Will leads TPL in its mission to conserve land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Rally seminars, workshops and speakers will address national conservation trends, cutting-edge practices of land conservation and best professional standards for land trusts.  More than 110 workshops and 26 seminars are scheduled. 

MEDIA INVITED: Keynote speeches are open to representatives of the media.  To attend other workshops, trainings, field trips or seminars, registration is required.  Inquire at the registration desk at the Frontier Airlines Center, or contact Peshie Chaifetz, Communications Manager, at pchaifetz@lta.org | 301-502-9245.

About the Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love.  First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources get protected.  Second, we enhance the quality of conservation, so the most important lands get protected using the best practices in the business.  And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by providing resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. Visit www.landtrustalliance.org.

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