Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts
Formed in 2004, the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT) is a voluntary network of land trusts and other conservation organizations dedicated to advancing land conservation for public benefit in Ohio. COLT strives to help Ohio's land trusts conserve more of the state's farmland, woodlands and natural areas by assisting each land trust in building organizational capacity and developing strategic conservation plans.
COLT provides a forum for professional and technical support to the conservation organizations that work to conserve land. Those participating in COLT have diverse but complimentary purposes, ranging from the protection of watersheds, to the preservation of prime farmland, to the restoration of natural areas.
Since its inception, COLT has worked to:
- Enhance the technical knowledge of Ohio land trusts through trainings and peer-to-peer networking;
- Increase land trusts' implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices through land trust organizational assessments; and
- Advance critical state and federal land conservation policy initiatives and legislation, such as property tax reform, and renewal of the Clean Ohio Fund, in partnership with other statewide groups such as Ohio League of Conservation Voters and Mainstream Green Coalition.
The Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts is currently convened by the Land Trust Alliance Midwest Program. For more information, visit the COLT website at www.ohiolandtrusts.org.
COLT News and Resources
The Ohio Land Trust Directory
This directory, funded by the George Gund Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, was created to help serve Ohio's land trust community better by collecting land trust statistics and information all in one place. This directory is available to landowners, land trusts, government agencies and other partners who want to connect with land trusts across Ohio. Download the 2011 Ohio Land Trust Directory.
For more information about COLT, please contact:
Land Trust Alliance
Phone: (812) 822-0113