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Mediating Conservation Disputes

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2013
Author: 
Debbie Leonard

You are president of the board of an established land trust that has held a conservation easement for many years. A new owner of the property encumbered by the easement is threatening to make changes that violate the easement’s terms. Notwithstanding numerous discussions between the land trust’s staff and the new owner, the parties have reached an impasse.

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Leading through Advocacy: Land Trust Board Members Can Be Powerful Allies for Change

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2014
Author: 
Kirsten Ferguson

The nation’s Capitol is filled with men and women in staid business suits. So a few ranchers walking the halls in Stetson hats and sharptoed cowboy boots can make quite an impression.

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Key Elements of Effective Board Committees

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Winter 2010
Author: 
Carol Harris Mayes and Sara Wilson

Board committees are responsible for accomplishing the detailed work of the board, shaping policies, drafting organizational plans and working to accomplish annual goals. Committees make the performance of the board more effective and efficient, especially if each board director invests time and energy, and staff liaisons provide adequate guidance and administrative support.

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Keeping Talented People on Staff

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2008
Author: 
Christina Soto

I have worked my whole professional life, 25 years, in the nonprofit world and the last 17 with two land trusts.

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Intentional Supervision

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2012
Author: 
Lyn Freundlich and Heather Harker

All land trusts value land, but our most precious resource is always going to be our people. Who ensures that our land is preserved? Who clears and maintains our trails? Who organizes our fundraisers? Land trust people — board members, volunteers and staff — are the foundation of our work.

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How to Have a Productive Meeting

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2010
Author: 
Elaine H. Ernest

Effective land trust boards of directors are essential for the success of conservation, and that effectiveness is directly related to holding productive and compelling meetings. But meetings can be painful, frustrating and occasionally pointless.