From mowing to meadows

Americans spend approximately $40 billion a year to maintain more than 32 million acres of lawn — an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania. We pour 270 billion gallons of water per week on our lawns. We apply 10 times more fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides than farmers do to their crops. Making meadows is a green alternative.

Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve in Pennsylvania/Photo by Bill Moses
August 27, 2015

Connecting to nature en Español

Teatown Lake Reservation in New York is all about connecting people with nature, but a language barrier keeps getting in the way. In some parts of its region, north of New York City, more than 40% of people speak Spanish as their first language.

(L to R): Land Trust Alliance’s Ethan Winter; Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens; children and teachers from Teatown’s Head Start/Nurtured by Nature program; state assembly member Sandra Galef; high school student Eli Brand; Teatown Lake Reservation’s executive director Kevin Carter/Photo by Laura Elmore/Teatown Lake Reservation
August 19, 2015

42 sponsors and good momentum

While the challenge of making permanent the enhanced tax benefits for donations of conservation easements can seem never ending, its land trust backers never quit. In fact, while Congress takes its summer recess, there is reason for optimism.

Leelanau Conservancy board member John Erb presents an award to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a lead sponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act/© DJ Glisson/Firefly Imageworks
August 18, 2015

Unplugging: Goodbye, home Internet

There’s a Zits comic my boss simultaneously loves and loathes.

August 13, 2015

Thirsty Colorado battling over raindrops

Deb Neeley, an office manager and urban farmer who lives in Denver, collects water in a rain barrel from a gutter off her greenhouse — illegally!

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Our majority-minority future

What do skateboarding, sourdough and air quality standards for pollution have in common? In the United States, these and many other popular trends all started in California.

© Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
August 03, 2015