Ensuring the outdoors is safe and welcoming to all

The stresses on Americans in these difficult times have revealed the need for people to access and use the outdoors for respite and recreation.

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Support of local food systems

As various iconic public lands all over the country closed due to COVID-19, many land trusts experienced increased traffic at their properties — as well as a renewed appreciation for conservation.

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Photo credit: Marco Sanchez / Dana Melby and Pete Walton at work at Piedmont Environmental Council’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows.
May 28, 2020
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A time to give back

In rapidly developing Eagle County, Colorado, the Land & Rivers Fund helps to protect rivers and open spaces. In partnership with Eagle River Watershed Council, the accredited Eagle Valley Land Trust launched the program, which is supported by local businesses and their customers, who make voluntary donations with purchases.

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Photo credit: Todd Winslow Pierce / Funding from the Land & Rivers Fund helps Eagle Valley Land Trust protect properties in Eagle County, Colorado, like this ranchland in the Brush Creek Valley.
May 27, 2020
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Finding value in the details

I have a colleague who used to scour flea markets for old Star Wars toys. He was never certain what any toy might cost, so he carried with him a guide to help determine whether the price of something that caught his eye was reasonable. He wanted that helping hand.

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Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness

Last month, I told you about Paycheck Protection Program loans and how they can help land trusts meet payroll during the pandemic.These loans are forgivable if certain conditions are met. Now we know more about those conditions.

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May 18, 2020
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Our many happy places

Across the past couple weeks, we’ve celebrated the beautiful spaces that land trusts are saving in our #MyHappyPlace campaign on social media. We had 12 land trusts take over our Instagram account for the occasion and share some amazing photos and compelling stories that highlight their great work. 

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Photos from our Instagram takeover. From left to right: Douglas Land Conservancy in Colorado, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Peconic Land Trust in New York; all accredited
May 11, 2020
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