A new forever-wild preserve

Opportunities to protect thousands of acres as wilderness are rare in Vermont. Rarer still is the chance to preserve northern hardwood forest, a critical wildlife corridor and the headwater streams of two rivers: the Winooski and the Lamoille.

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Northeast Wilderness Trust’s Wildlands Ecology Director Shelby Perry hugs a tree on the newly protected 5,900-acre Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve north of Montpelier, Vermont. / Photo by Bob Linck

Increasing federal support for community climate resilience

In exciting news for land trusts, the House of Representatives passed the Resilient AMERICA Act, H.R. 5689, earlier this month.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II
April 27, 2022
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Re: Climate (2022.04)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body convened by the United Nations, recently released a new report that takes an in-depth look at climate change mitigation and the possible pathw

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Sunrise over the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA / Photo courtesy of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

Innovative model for agricultural conservation

For each American farmer younger than 25, five are older than 75. As farmers consider retirement, many find themselves forced to sell their land to development rather than to a future generation of farmers. This means more land removed from production agriculture.

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Jodar Farms raises free-range pigs and chickens on protected land. / Photo by Jodar Farms

New conservation community dedicated to inclusion

"For far too long, we’ve known of the harm we are doing to this planet, the realities of systemically excluded communities and the continuation of the all-too-narrow definition of what it means to be outdoorsy,” says Teresa Baker in an online video for the Outdoorist Oath, a new nonprofit that be

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The team behind Outdoorist includes Executive Director Gabaccia Moreno (left) and founding members José González (second from left), Pattie Gonia (center) and Teresa Baker (right) / Photo courtesy of Carlo Nasisse
April 22, 2022
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New coalition supports climate resilience in Maryland

In September, land trusts, historical societies and multiple conservation organizations and agencies joined together on the banks of the Patuxent River to announce the formation of the Southern Maryland Conservation Alliance.

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Little Patuxent River in Maryland. A group of land trusts and conservation groups recently announced a new coalition to protect a network of landscapes and waterways in Southern Maryland. / Photo by Henk Sijgers, Flickr

4,700 acres of coastal habitat protected in Texas

Over 4,700 acres of coastal habitat in Texas along Halls Bayou and West Galveston Bay were recently acquired by Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) and will be permanently protected with a conservation easement held by the Katy Prairie Conservancy (both accredited).

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The newly named 5,000-acre Chocolate Bay Preserve in Texas contains critical coastal habitat for many species of birds, rare plants and marine animals. / Photo courtesy of The Galveston Bay Foundation

New York property adds to "wilderness" walk

A prominent forested property on the Shawangunk Ridge in New York’s Catskill Mountains is now permanently protected thanks to a recent purchase by the Open Space Institute.

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A purchase by the Open Space Institute (OSI) of Shawanga Lodge will protect a former well-known Catskills resort once slated for a casino development. / Photo by Greg Miller, courtesy of the Open Space Institute

A haven for endangered bats in Indiana

Bats are invaluable to North American ecosystems for their role in eating insects and saving plants and trees from damage and disease. But white-nose syndrome, the fast-moving fungal disease, has decimated North American bats in recent years.

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Newly protected land along Indiana’s Wabash River will provide key habitat for bats, such as the federally threatened Northern long-eared bat. / Photo from Central Indiana Land Trust