The great gnome hunt

People love gnomes. Or so Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy discovered last summer when the accredited New York land trust hosted a Summer Hike-a-thon Scavenger Hunt.

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Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's Summer Hike-a-thon Scavenger Hunt brought families out to explore nature in search of gnomes hiding at the preserves. / Photo courtesy of Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy
April 30, 2021
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Lending farmers a hand

The closure of farmers markets around Madison, Wisconsin, last spring left some Hmong growers at a disadvantage. As markets moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, growers were left behind if they weren’t proficient in technology or didn’t speak English as a primary language.

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At the start of the pandemic, Groundswell Conservancy and partners set up a farmers market for Hmong growers who lacked access to online produce sales. / Photo by Ben Jones Photography
April 26, 2021
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It takes a community to save a farm

In 2017, Colorado Open Lands took attendees of Land Trust Alliance's Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference on a field trip north of Denver to tour a local foods co-operative. Four years later, we've finalized our first conservation easement with Poudre Valley Community Farms.

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Photo courtesy of Colorado Open Lands
April 21, 2021
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Still time to learn about climate issues

It's been mentioned before, but it still rings true: Land trusts are well positioned to lead in mitigating the impacts of climate change and helping their communities adapt.

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Image by Rob D from Pixabay
April 19, 2021
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Why federal funding for conservation matters

Saving the places people need and love requires more than hard work. It also requires funding. Just as it took the Chicago Bulls the winning combination of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to bring home six NBA championships, land trusts need both funding and hard work to get conservation done. And you can play a helpful role.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II / Firefly Imageworks
April 15, 2021
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Volunteer opportunities for conservation

Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to meet new people, visit beautiful places and give back to your community.

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Volunteers may do everything from picking up trash to assisting with native plantings. / Photo of Piedmont Environmental Council staff by by DJ Glisson, II / Firefly Imageworks
April 13, 2021
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Voluntary Private Land Conservation 101

Whether you're new to the world of voluntary private land conservation or looking for a refresh, read on for answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about land trusts.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II / Firefly Imageworks
April 05, 2021
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The eagles have landed

Sometimes the benefits of land protection are less visible to the eye, like a microscopic improvement in stream quality or the invisible yet indispensable sequestration of green-houses gases. Other times, the signs of nature’s resilience are right out in the open.

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Image by Kathy Büscher from Pixabay