Every land trust’s success makes our whole movement stronger. So lets celebrate! See how land trusts across America are overcoming obstacles and inventing new ways to save special places. Their stories may inspire your own.
Right next door to the second largest city in the U.S. lies the 1,400-acre Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, where Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is connecting at-risk youth in nearby Los Angeles to nature.
Removing asphalt and concrete to make way for green space on Chicago school playgrounds has become routine for Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation and the only such group with a regional scope in the greater Chicago region.
For 37 years Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF), situated in one of the wealthiest counties in the country, has successfully helped preserve open space and farmland in coastal New Jersey. It was business as usual, until new leadership decided it was time for a change — to expand the organization’s reach to benefit the whole community, not just the affluent.
Every year from May to August you’ll find volunteers from the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) with nets and waders in the middle of the Little Tennessee River in North Carolina. What began as academic research 25 years agohas now become citizen science biomonitoring programs, reaching over 1,600 individuals annually.
Lake Forest Open Lands Association in Illinois has long emphasized environmental education. Since its founding in 1967, it has acquired or reserved more than 800 acres that it has restored and now maintains for the benefit of the community.
With a population whose average age is 29, Austin, Texas, is a vibrant place, but few of its young people have traditionally been involved in land conservation or environmental stewardship.
Rising sea levels, shifting habitats and extreme weather are threatening people’s homes and livelihoods and leaving wild plants and animals struggling to adapt.
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