Another win for conservation

On the heels of Congress passing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the conservation community has achieved another legislative victory with enactment of the America's Conservation Enhancement Act.

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Photo by Jennifer Miller Herzog
November 18, 2020
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Uncertainty can inspire you

You can advance even in the face of unpredictability, imperfect knowledge and uncertainty using risk balancing.

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Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay
November 10, 2020
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The gift of conservation

Four years ago, a Kansas landowner and his wife decided to donate a conservation easement held by the Ranchland Trust of Kansas.

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Photo courtesy of Ranchland Trust of Kansas
November 09, 2020
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For all users and abilities

How do you break down a multitude of barriers to outdoor access in the rural mountain West so people can connect with nature? The answer is simple: find a large parcel near town — and buy it. No matter what it takes.

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Photo by Fiona Hicks, courtesy of Kaniksu Land Trust
October 30, 2020
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A deep (and refreshing) breath

Deep breathing in times of stress can slow heartbeats and lower blood pressure. But when a federal court instructs you to take a "deep breath," what is your mind and body to do?

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Image by Sang Hyun Cho from Pixabay
October 29, 2020
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What's scary? A world without bats

Like many people in the land trust community, I have had a lifelong fascination with the world’s biodiversity. The abundance and variety of lifeforms is both mind-boggling and inspiring.

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Image by Signe Allerslev from Pixabay
October 26, 2020
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How fire season gave me perspective

I spent my Labor Day weekend enjoying a riverside campsite on Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. It was a perfect late-summer weekend with blue skies and just a touch of autumn in the air. But on our final morning, the blue skies disappeared in the unmistakable haze of wildfire smoke.

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Image by BlenderTimer from Pixabay
October 21, 2020
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Delivering hope

“Rally is an enormous gift in these dire times,” said Carolyn Edelmann, community relations associate of the accredited D&R Greenway Land Trust in New Jersey. “Rally gives us hours, even days, of cooperation with courageous, devoted, original people who care about the health of our planet and devote their lives to its well-being. In other words, Rally delivers hope, as well as practical steps to realize our personal and professional missions!"

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Clockwise from top left: "Drink in Oregon's Landscape: A Virtual Tour of Wineries, Land Use and Conservation"; James Edward Mills from the Wednesday plenary; Fernado Lloveras; Nina Simon from the Thursday plenary; performance by Alison Brown and her band
October 13, 2020
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Climate change trainings this fall

This fall, the Land Trust Alliance's Land and Climate Program is providing new trainings for land trusts to learn to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II
October 07, 2020
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$36 billion and counting

Abuse of the conservation easement tax incentive has ballooned in recent years from $6 billion in illicit claimed deductions in 2016, to $6.8 billion in 2017 to $9.2 billion in 2018 — for a total of $36 billion since 2010.

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Image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay
September 29, 2020
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