House fails to pass Farm Bill

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Farm Bill. The vote, 198-213, saw 30 Republicans join 183 Democrats to defeat the bill.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II
May 18, 2018
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Re: Climate (2018.05)

As the world's attention shifts Saturday to the royal wedding of the United Kingdom's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, I wanted to focus this column on the royal family!

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Photo by Sabrina Mazzeo on Unsplash

National Outdoor Classroom Day

My dad was a junior high biology teacher.

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May 17, 2018
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Lifelong learning stokes conservation

You're never too old to learn new things, a spirit that Virginia's accredited New River Land Trust takes to heart by leading field trips for people ages 50 and over.

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Mike Pinder of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducts a stream demonstration during a New River Land Trust field trip. / Photo by Anne Campbell

Green solutions help urban communities

High school students in Trees Atlanta's summer job program learned landscaping and leadership skills while beautifying Atlanta by watering trees and pulling invasive weeds.

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Young people in the Trees Atlanta summer job program prepare to water trees, shrubs and other plants. / Photo by Pattie Baker
May 08, 2018
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Collaborations keep water flowing

In Colorado's high-altitude San Luis Valley, which contains the headwaters of the Rio Grande, communities and conservationists have always needed to work together to solve water challenges while balancing the needs of people, agriculture and wildlife.

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The Gilmore Ranch easement is part of the Rio Grande Initiative, a broad partnership launched by the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust in 2007. / Photo by Rio de la Vista

Conserved lands provide clues to scientists

In 1978, during low tide in the Columbia River Estuary, amateur paleontologists exploring the tidal flats in Pacific County, Washington, found the skull and teeth of a primitive whale dating back 25 million years to the Oligocene, a geological epoch.

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A crab fossil (Branchioplax washingtoniana). / Photo by Sarah Richard

Together, we make a difference

As we have done for 35 proud years, the Land Trust Alliance continually considers its impact on land trusts and the nation — and ways in which we can work together to save the places that people need and love.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks
April 24, 2018
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Food for Flight supports pollinators

Habitat restoration is a goal of many land trusts, including Three Valley Conservation Trust in Oxford, Ohio.

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High school students attend a briefing on pollinators at a Three Valley Conservation Trust habitat restoration partner's site before they begin planting milkweed and nectar plants. / Photo by Dirk Morgan

Coming together for Earth Day

What's your grown-up version of playing in a puddle?

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Kids playing outside on land conserved by the accredited Northcoast Regional Land Trust in California. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
April 20, 2018
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