Re: Climate (2019.06)

If you're concerned about climate change and your own carbon footprint — but you aren't quite ready to give up that summer flight away — I have some good news.

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Photo by pixabay.com / Free-Photos

IRS issues final State and Local Tax regulations

Yesterday, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department issued final regulations that will drastically erode state tax incentives for landowners who donate land or conservation easements to land trusts.

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The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C. / Photo by DJ Glisson
June 12, 2019
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'The most critical tool that we have'

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program is perhaps "the most critical tool that we have to stop the fragmentation and development of working lands."

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II
June 10, 2019
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Conservation conversations: Jerry Adelmann

Gerald Adelmann is president and CEO of Openlands, an accredited land trust serving the greater Chicago region. He has worked in conservation for over 30 years. His is the first in a series of interviews with land trust people that will run intermittently.

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Jerry Adelmann, president and CEO of Openlands / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
June 07, 2019
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Saving hairy belly bees and other pollinators

Land trusts around the country have joined the fight to protect native pollinators, which are essential to the planet and to human life, allowing for the reproduction of over 85% of the world's flowering plants and two-thirds of the world's crop species.

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A hairy belly bee gets its name from the specialized hairs, or "scopa," on its underside. / "Bee 32" by Christa R./CC Flickr

'The land remembered us'

With blue skies and wind blowing wisps of black hair into her eyes, her small hands searched the rocky ground for a link to her past: a small, edible root connecting her to both past and future as she assumes her rightful place as a Nez Perce child belonging to the land known as the Wallowa Valley.

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Multiple generations of Nez Perce returned to Oregon’s Wallowa Valley for a special gathering in May 2019. / Photo by Kathleen Ackley
June 04, 2019
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Reaching the whole community

"When my grandmother lived in a nursing home, she told me that her friends were from farms or often talked about being outside. That's when I made it my mission to bring the outdoors in."

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A nursing home resident frames leaves brought in by Leia Lowery during her land trust's program. / Photo by Leia Lowery
June 03, 2019
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Make a conservation cocktail

The Oregon-based Wetlands Conservancy (accredited) has been conserving wetlands for 37 years and serving up its mission through the taste buds of Portland residents for nearly a decade.

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Brain Food Cocktail / Photo by Cheryl Juetten
May 31, 2019
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My conservation journey began in the driveway

Most conservationists I know can remember the moment they were inspired to conserve land. For some, it goes all the way back to a childhood spent outdoors; for others, it was a special moment in school or on the land. For me, it was 2005, in my driveway.

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Owen Wozniak, land transactions program manager at the Land Trust Alliance, stands at the summit of Mount Saint Helens. / Photo courtesy of Owen Wozniak

From junkyard to public park

Imagine a junkyard. Picture a car crusher in operation for 50 years. Add to that vision 100,000 tons of broken concrete. This isn't a sight that inspires thoughts of conservation, is it?

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Karen Cragnolin Park / Image by Zak Foy

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