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Nation's Largest Gathering of Land Conservation Leaders To Take Place September 17, 2013 in New Orleans

September 19, 2013 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.

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

 

Leaders Gather to Plan the Future of Private Land Conservation

 

Washington, DC (September 17, 2013) -- The Land Trust Alliance today announced that the nation’s largest annual gathering of land conservation leaders will meet this fall in New Orleans, LA, September 17-19, to celebrate land conservation in America.  Rally 2013: The National Land Conservation Conference is expected to draw more than 1,500 conservation leaders, government officials and academics.

“People in the Southeast have a great appreciation for the land and waterways and the gifts they offer.  From the gulf of the mighty Mississippi to the tall grass prairies, 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, sea life 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, 4 land trusts in Louisiana have protected a total of 29,773 acres— representing a 192% increase in acres conserved since 2005.

“We selected New Orleans this year to honor the strong conservation ethic in this region, and the work that land trusts are doing to make the southeast a healthy place to live work and play,” said Wentworth. New Orleans features a rich cultural history and a melting pot of traditions that attracts people who hunt, fish, bird watch, canoe, kayak, hike, and simply enjoy connecting with the land.

The year’s keynote speaker is Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams. Mr. Lopez is a National Book Award winner, whose writings have frequently been compared to those of Henry David Thoreau.

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 100 workshops and 16 seminars are scheduled.

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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