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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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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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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September 29, 2020
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Land to Water to Gulf: Three Short Films

The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (the Gulf Partnership) is a collaboration of 26 local, regional and national land trusts across the Gulf Coast region.

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Enhance your partnerships at Rally

Every year, Rally gives us the chance to come together and connect with and learn from our colleagues across the country.

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Rally 2019: The National Land Conservation Conference was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
September 22, 2020
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Five cool things about Rally 2020

As we draw ever closer to Rally 2020: The National Land Conservation Conference, excitement is growing. We just announced two great speakers! And registrations continue to pour in!

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Relevance visionary Nina Simon to speak at Rally

"I bet that you can think of something that matters to you that you wish mattered to more people," says Nina Simon in her Tedx Talk, "The Art of Relevance."

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Photo courtesy of Nina Simon
September 17, 2020
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Tune into the Learning Center

No matter where you're working from right now, the discussion forums on the Land Trust Alliance Learning Center can help your land trust explore some of today’s most pressing issues, from the philosophical to the practical.

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September 16, 2020
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