Two months to save LWCF

Over the past five decades, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has infused over $16 billion of federal energy royalties into more than 41,000 conservation projects — from iconic national treasures to hometown parks and natural areas in nearly every county. But unless Congress acts, the LWCF will expire in two months!

Chris Matarangas, an aide to U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, meets with Steve Schwartz of Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Gary Bloss of Friends of Cherry Valley
July 27, 2015

Schumer, others support land conservation

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are now among the 33 senators sponsoring the Conservation Easement Incentive Act.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, center, took a stand for land during a land trust event in New York State.
July 23, 2015

One step forward in the U.S. Senate

It wasn’t the action we wanted, but it’s good news nonetheless.

July 22, 2015

U.S. Senate takes up easement incentive

The Senate Finance Committee takes up expired tax provisions that need renewal — including the enhanced incentive for conservation easement donations — tomorrow! We’ve pushed for years to make this permanent.

U.S. Sens. Orin Hatch and Ron Wyden are the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance/Photo courtesy Senate Committee on Finance
July 20, 2015

A day on the farm

One beautiful spring day, Glen Leven Farm, conserved by the accredited Land Trust for Tennessee, welcomed students with their families and teachers from the John Early Museum Magnet Middle School for a chance to get their hands dirty on a real working farm.

July 16, 2015

Keeping farms and ranches working

As scenic ranches in California’s Bay Area are snapped up and transformed into showcase estates, the accredited Marin Agricultural Land Trust is taking extra measures to ensure that the working ranches it protects stay in agricultural production.

Rancher Al Poncia voluntarily amended a Marin Agricultural Land Trust conservation easement on his land to include a Mandatory Agricultural Use provision, ensuring that the land his family has farmed for four generations will continue to feed the community and contribute to the local economy/© Michael Woolsey/MALT
July 13, 2015

Conservation with a consciousness

Land conservation with a social consciousness. That’s the way Howard Aronson, a board member with Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) in New Jersey described a recent project the land trust supported.

July 09, 2015

Become an Advocacy Ambassador

At the Land Trust Alliance, we work to advocate for land conservation and land trusts across the country — but we can’t do it alone.

July 06, 2015

Terrafirma by the numbers

The Land Trust Alliance formed Terrafirma in 2011 to help land trusts defend their conserved lands from legal challenge.

The key to land trust success: Volunteerism

The Sheffield Land Trust in Sheffield, Mass., which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, attributes much of its success to the volunteers who have helped its two-person staff attend to all of the details involved in accomplishing its work.

Sheffield Land Trust volunteer Sally Cook speaks at the land trust’s 25th anniversary celebration. Cook, a former Sheffield Land Trust board member, is among the many volunteers to help the organization excel at its work.
July 01, 2015