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Joyce Lucas cares about history and she cares about land. “I have a passion for what people did before me; when people left their home country, they wanted to have land. I think my passion for the land was born in me.”
CA - After a five-year quest, and in spite of significant hurdles related to California’s economic crisis, the Sonoma Land Trust closed escrow today and acquired the stunning 5,630-acre Jenner Headlands — a nationally significant project and the single largest conservation land acquisition in Sonoma County.
HI - The Erdman family is proud to be a part of this historic preservation agreement of Ulupalakua Ranch. 11,300 acres along the leeward slopes of Haleakala in Maui will be protected forever as a working ranch and wildlife habitat.
OR - Behind each piece of conserved land, there is a person - a farmer, a retiree, a carpenter - who took it upon himself to ensure that the land would be saved for future generations. In this case, it was an elementary school student.
AZ - The recently protected Clyne Ranch is a critical addition to existing conserved lands - enhancing wildlife movement corridors, protecting expansive native grasslands, and continuing to secure key water sources for generations to come.
CA - The Ichord Ranch's 2,900 acres of rolling grasslands, vernal pools and endangered species are now protected forever by a conservation easement.
WA - The forested portion of a historic ranch, originally homesteaded in the 1800s, has been conserved in Kittitas County.
OR - David Atkin grew up living right next to the Illinois River. Every summer, he would eagerly await the returning salmon and rejoice at the sighting of the first one each year. David traces his love of his land back to those moments as a young boy.
TX - More than 640 acres of wetlands with key breeding areas, stop-over and wintering habitats for migratory birds are protected in the Guadalupe River Delta, thanks to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust.
WA - The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is helping to protect 36 acres of critical Great Blue Heron nesting habitat on Camano Island.
CA - Acquisition of two land parcels in southern Sierra Nevada will protect two ecologically rich areas.
TX - Pineywoods Mitigation Bank to provide restoration of a critical wetland ecosystem.
CO - A 1,575 acre conservation easement preserves four more miles of Saguache Creek.
CO - 6,300 acres of wetlands, pine savannah, pine forests and woodlands, mixed-conifer forests, mountain shrubland plant communities, and ranch land are now protected by a conservation easement in Archuleta County.
AZ - The missing link between the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and the Whetstone Mountains, and is the most significant grasslands habitat acquisition in Pima County’s history.
CA - Peninsula Open Space Trust acquires three properties near San Gregorio, Half Moon Bay and Moss Beach totaling 1,001 acres.
NM - 1,029 acres of exceptional wildlife habitat, prehistoric rock art and incredible views are protected by Taos Land Trust in New Mexico.
AZ - Accelerated development in southern Arizona threatens to stifle the Western way of life, especially ranching, but some landowners are fighting back. Dennis and Deborah Moroney have taken a stand with the permanent protection of 960 acres of their 22,000-acre working ranch.
WA - Once again, San Juan Preservation Trust members and the island community came together to protect a dramatically beautiful, ecologically sensitive and much loved property. This time it was Watmough Bight on Lopez Island in Washington state.
CA - The Muir Heritage Land Trust has protected 423 acres once slated for large-scale development projects in Franklin Canyon.
CA - Glen Deven Ranch, an 860-acre mixed use property above Highway 1 in the hills of Big Sur, is a striking example of the beauty, simplicity and raw power of Big Sur.
HI - Hawaii Island Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and The Trust for Public Land work together to save Honu’apo Bay and its surrounding tidal wetlands.
NV - Thanks to a unique piece of federal legislation, and despite pressure from a growing population, 300 acres in western Nevada will now be preserved by a conservation easement brought about by the American Land Conservancy.
CO - Drive down White Hill Road in Carbondale and look east. You’ll be treated to a beautiful vista, reminiscent of the Old West and uninterrupted by the signs of development that have become common in this part of the state.
CO - When Sam Capps of Walsenburg was asked why he wanted to protect his productive and beautiful 28,000-acre ranch at the foot of southern Colorado's Spanish Peaks, he would get a very stern look on his face. "Because I want to know that this place will always look the way that God made it" was his answer.
MT - “Sometimes our success comes not in thousands of acres, but in thousands of hearts that are touched.” The conservation of the last 1.8 acres of Burke Park represented a big victory for the community despite its small size.
MT - At a spot between the Rattlesnake Mountains and the Big Blackfoot river in Montana, there stands a grove of trees centuries older than the United States itself. the oldest ones - some more than 400 years old - are yellow-bark ponderosa pines, which are very tall and very straight, with trunks measuring as many as four-feet in diameter.