Protecting a rare boreal forest

Five miles east of downtown Michigan City lies a pocket of one of the rarest natural communities in Indiana: the boreal forest of Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve.

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Photo courtesy of Shirley Heinze Land Trust
February 14, 2019
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U.S. Senate passes permanent LWCF

I'm excited — and you should be, too! The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterdat to permanently reauthorize the expired Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Photo by DJ Glisson II
February 13, 2019
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Agency partners value accreditation

Does accreditation increase public confidence in land trusts? "Yes" finds a new report evaluating the impact of the first 10 years of the accreditation program.

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Multiple partners worked with the accredited Bitter Root Land Trust to protect the Lazy J Cross Ranch in Montana. / Photo by Kyle Barber
February 07, 2019
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This urban wetland has big impact

The Green Bay watershed is one of the largest freshwater estuaries in the world. Spanning 10.6 million acres, it is the source of one-third of the surface water flowing into Lake Michigan. What happens in the watershed has a high impact on the lake's water quality.

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Photos courtesy of Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust
February 05, 2019
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Go for a big walk before the big game

This weekend is notable for two reasons.

First, the New England Patriots are playing the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. (Alternatively, the adorable Puppy Bowl is airing, if that's more your speed!) And second, the worst of that horrible Polar Vortex is behind us.

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Photo by pixabay.com/WikiImages
February 01, 2019
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Reviving a wetland to revitalize Lake Erie

The Great Black Swamp once stretched across 1,500 square miles from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Sandusky, Ohio. Impressed by the land's richness, settlers in the late 19th century drained the wetland and converted it to highly productive agriculture.

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Photo courtesy of Black Swamp Conservancy
January 29, 2019
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Mission critical

Since I arrived at the Alliance in 2016, I've been listening to feedback from many of you across the country. Your message has been clear: Community conservation is more than just another program. It's mission critical. And I wholeheartedly agree.

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During her time at Freshwater Land Trust in Alabama, Land Trust Alliance Executive Vice President Wendy Jackson worked on land conservation issues with naturalist E.O. Wilson, former Denver Broncos and Pro Bowl player Bobby Humphrey, and Bishop Heron Johnson of Faith Apostolic Church. / Photo courtesy of Wendy Jackson
January 22, 2019
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Timely and essential

On behalf of the Land Trust Alliance and our 1,000 members, I'm pleased to applaud the U.S. Senate's early reintroduction of the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act.

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Land Trust Alliance Government Relations Director Lori Faeth, President Andrew Bowman and Executive Vice President Wendy Jackson on Capitol Hill. / Photo by DJ Glisson II
January 18, 2019
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Register today for Advocacy Days

Now that the 116th Congress is seated, our community is presented with the opportunity to make a difference on federal policies impacting land trusts nationwide.

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Land trust supporters took their message to Capitol Hill during Advocacy Days 2018. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
January 10, 2019
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Big win for lasting conservation

The Land Trust Alliance has long held that amendment clauses in conservation easements serve to strengthen easements and improve their enforceability.

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Thanks to a recent federal court decision, the public, donors and the land conservation community can use a critical tool to uphold lasting conservation and ensure conservation relevance for the future. / Photo by WilliamCho

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