What's a conservation nerd doing at SXSW?

"What's a conservation nerd doing at South by Southwest?" It's a question I asked myself many times earlier this month as I prepared to attend the hippest conference in the country.

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Brandi Horton, left, and Amy Kapp, center, both of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, joined Land Trust Alliance Associate Director of Educational Services Mary Burke at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. / Photo by Brandi Horton, courtesy of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
March 27, 2018
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We're hiring!

Do you believe in the value of open spaces? Are you an excellent team player? Can you help us help 1,000 land trusts? If so, you may be the very person we need. The Land Trust Alliance is filling two open positions.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks
March 23, 2018
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Why facts aren't enough

If you occasionally struggle to discuss our changing climate with other people, you'll want to join a webinar the Land Trust Alliance is hosting this week.

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Katharine Hayhoe / Photo by Ashley Rodgers, Texas Tech University
March 19, 2018
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Re: Climate (2018.03)

Time and time again, I am reminded that the decisions we make regarding the land can make or break our fight against climate change. In the United States, we're fortunate to have the freedom to both make and influence those decisions.

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Marin Agricultural Land Trust (accredited) Stewardship Manager Jim Jensen (right) and former Stewardship Manager Patricia Hickey (left) visit the ranch of a local producer to assess indicators of rangeland health as part of the carbon farm and conservation planning process/Photo by Michael Woolsey
March 16, 2018
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The time for debate has ended

We know now that abusive conservation easement tax shelters are nothing more than a get-rich-quick scheme.

March 15, 2018
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No child left inside

Imagine if every student in every school in your land trust's region went outside regularly for meaningful learning and stewardship. And the school administration appreciated you — so much so that they accepted liability for the activities.

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Plumas National Forest representative Lynee Crawford joins Colleen Griffin and her class form C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School on the Cattail Trail. The 145 acre Learning Landscapes site adjacent to their school is known as Kids Creek Forest. / Photo by Colleen Griffin
March 09, 2018
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My response to our changing climate

I conserved my land as a personal response to the reality of our changing climate.

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Jeff Leon / Photo courtesy of Jeff Leon
March 08, 2018
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We're hiring!

Do you believe in the value of open spaces? Are you an excellent team player? Can you help us help 1,000 land trusts? If so, you may be the very person we need. The Land Trust Alliance is filling four open positions.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks
March 07, 2018
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Meet our new board members

The Land Trust Alliance has gained four new board members over the past several months, as well as a new chair in February, Jamey French.

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Land Trust Alliance board members Kathy Leavenworth, left, and Julie Sharpe
March 06, 2018
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It takes a village (and a pickaxe)

Land trusts do tremendous community-based conservation every day that improves the quality of life for residents in their communities.

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Andrew Bowman lends a hand with the ongoing restoration work in Puerto Rico. / Photo by Ricardo Arduengo
March 05, 2018
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How accreditation improved us

When one of our board members talks about how accreditation improved Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust, she talks about it earnestly.

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Photo courtesy of Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust / Photo by Steve Thomas

More than challenges, crises are opportunities

Conservation easements come in all shapes and sizes. And while managing any easement is challenging, managing one that allows for development is especially so.

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Broad Cove Reserve / Photo courtesy of Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust