Reinventing an urban river

The Milwaukee River has long been important to the health and wellbeing of locals, whether for commerce or recreation.

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Milwaukee River Greenway / Photo courtesy of KidsMicroint
March 20, 2019
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The heart of a community

If you're wondering how communities benefit from Farm Bill conservation programs, let me tell you about Zenda Farms.

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An up close encounter with nature at Thousand Islands Land Trust’s 18th Annual Community Picnic at Zenda Farms in 2018. / Photo by Bill Munro
March 14, 2019
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Saving land for youth and nature

"We have generations of people who come back and say there is just something about this camp, about this land."

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Camp Amnicon / Photo courtesy of Landmark Conservancy/West Wisconsin Land Trust
March 11, 2019
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Saving a piece of history

This past September the accredited Brandywine Conservancy commemorated the 241st anniversary of the American Revolutionary War Battle of Brandywine through its acquisition of a key piece of land within the heart of the historic battlefield in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

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Historical reenactors discharge firearms on Birmingham Hill. / Photo courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy

Protecting a rare boreal forest

Five miles east of downtown Michigan City lies a pocket of one of the rarest natural communities in Indiana: the boreal forest of Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve.

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Photo courtesy of Shirley Heinze Land Trust
February 14, 2019
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This urban wetland has big impact

The Green Bay watershed is one of the largest freshwater estuaries in the world. Spanning 10.6 million acres, it is the source of one-third of the surface water flowing into Lake Michigan. What happens in the watershed has a high impact on the lake's water quality.

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Photos courtesy of Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust
February 05, 2019
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Reviving a wetland to revitalize Lake Erie

The Great Black Swamp once stretched across 1,500 square miles from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Sandusky, Ohio. Impressed by the land's richness, settlers in the late 19th century drained the wetland and converted it to highly productive agriculture.

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Photo courtesy of Black Swamp Conservancy
January 29, 2019
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Mission critical

Since I arrived at the Alliance in 2016, I've been listening to feedback from many of you across the country. Your message has been clear: Community conservation is more than just another program. It's mission critical. And I wholeheartedly agree.

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During her time at Freshwater Land Trust in Alabama, Land Trust Alliance Executive Vice President Wendy Jackson worked on land conservation issues with naturalist E.O. Wilson, former Denver Broncos and Pro Bowl player Bobby Humphrey, and Bishop Heron Johnson of Faith Apostolic Church. / Photo courtesy of Wendy Jackson
January 22, 2019
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Big win for lasting conservation

The Land Trust Alliance has long held that amendment clauses in conservation easements serve to strengthen easements and improve their enforceability.

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Thanks to a recent federal court decision, the public, donors and the land conservation community can use a critical tool to uphold lasting conservation and ensure conservation relevance for the future. / Photo by WilliamCho

Helping veterans access nature

Having access to nature is the first step to connecting with it.

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Photo courtesy of Prickly Pear Land Trust
December 21, 2018
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Making community farming a reality

When it comes to finding reasonably priced and locally sourced food, the struggle is real.

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Photo courtesy of Agricultural Stewardship Association
December 12, 2018
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Collaborating for water

Water in the West has a contentious history, but collaborations and creativity are forging a new path for securing water resources.

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A spring in the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer, a limestone system that supplies water to San Antonio and surrounding communities. / Photo by USGS
December 10, 2018
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A true fish story

You can call this a “fish story” if you like. But I swear to you, it’s all true.

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Bill Jackson, facility manager with The Nez Perce Tribe’s Department of Fisheries Resources Management. / Photo courtesy of Wallowa Land Trust
December 04, 2018
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Healing together

The tragedies of these fires are a potential game-changer in the scope of the land ethic that land trusts embody.

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Photo by pixabay.com/skeeze
November 29, 2018
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Remembering nature’s power

Several major reports in recent weeks have predicted cataclysmic results without a prompt, meaningful and universal commitment to tackling climate change.

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Photo by DJ Glisson II
November 28, 2018
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Land Trust Alliance bestows awards at Rally 2018

The Land Trust Alliance is bestowing multiple awards this week during its annual conference in Pittsburgh.

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Montana Land Reliance has conserved more than 1 million acres in the state. / Photo by Randy Smith for Montana Land Reliance
October 12, 2018
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Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award winner announced

The Land Trust Alliance will today bestow on land conservation champion Michael Whitfield the distinguished Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award.

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Land conservation champion Michael Whitfield will receive the distinguished Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award during Rally 2018. / Photo by DJ Glisson II
October 11, 2018
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Moving toward a more inclusive, relevant future

The Land Trust Alliance is convening this week in Pittsburgh the nation's largest gathering of land conservation leaders.

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Rally is the nation's largest annual gathering of land conservation professionals. The 2017 event, pictured here, was held in Denver. / Photo by DJ Glisson II
October 10, 2018
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25 years of easements with NRCS

The Land Trust Alliance is celebrating this week its long partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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In the past 25 years, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has enrolled some 22,000 easements covering more than 4.5 million acres. In many cases, these voluntary easements were finished in partnership with land trusts. / Photo by DJ Glisson II
October 09, 2018
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The path to perpetuity

The protection of a working ranch in California by the accredited Eastern Sierra Land Trust not only helped to save the family’s heritage, it will help limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sceirine Point Ranch / Photo by Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Stories are greater than statistics

In land conservation discussions, it's easy to get caught up in the numbers. But as any good storyteller will remind you, it's difficult to connect with numbers.

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Maggie Miller, owner of Grindstone Cattle Company in Wyoming, is featured in Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust's new video, "The Legacy of The Land." (Image courtesy of Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust)
September 26, 2018
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Connecting with community

Community connections — and the volunteers who emerge from them — are our lifeblood. We could not survive without them.

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Volunteers at Tregaron Conservancy in Washington, D.C. work to uncover historic stone footpaths, all while under supervision of the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. / Photo courtesy of Tregaron Conservancy
August 23, 2018
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Here for the long haul

We promise to be around forever to monitor and defend conservation properties. That's a bold proposition.

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Photo by pixabay/Larisa-K
August 17, 2018
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'Taking concrete steps'

When it comes to climate change, land trusts in Maine are collaborating with their communities in new ways.

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Shoreline erosion in Freeport, Maine / Photo by Kate Olson
August 16, 2018
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Preserved forever. Scout's honor.

Ask people who love the outdoors how they first formed their connection to nature and it won't take long before someone mentions scouting.

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Vintage photo from Camp Hidden Falls. / Photo courtesy of former Girl Scout J. Reds E. Ross
August 03, 2018
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One week, 11,000 acres

In all my years, I can't remember a week quite like the one of June 15.

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Basalt cliffs above Klickitat Canyon. / Photo by Dennis Wiancko
August 02, 2018
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Children need nature (and nature needs children)

At the recent International Leadership Summit for the Children & Nature Network in California, I was fortunate to attend a session about green schoolyards.

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Educator Rob Wade has worked closely with Skagit Land Trust's Conservation Classroom program to achieve the goals of having outdoor learning spaces close to schools and supporting teachers who already have lessons in place. Pictured are Lyman Elementary kindergarteners having fun learning observation skills. / Photo by Lisa Miller
July 25, 2018
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An early office of the Land Trust Alliance in Bar Harbor, Maine, circa 1980s. / Photo from Land Trust Alliance archives
July 10, 2018
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Genesis of the Land Trust Alliance (Part 1)

What launched the Land Trust Alliance may fast be receding into the past, but the story is important land conservation history.

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Photo of Ben Emory by Dick Broom/Mount Desert Islander
July 09, 2018
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Becoming more vital and sustainable

Congratulations to the Land Trust Alliance on completing its new Strategic Plan!

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Keeping the promise of perpetuity

One of the best ways to protect scenic byways, wildlife habitat, watersheds, farms and forests is to prevent fragmentation. That's why many land trusts prohibit dividing the property.

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The property owned by James and Janis Taylor. / Photo courtesy Three Valley Conservation Trust
June 12, 2018
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Saving history

Indigenous peoples were the Chesapeake Bay region's earliest human residents and among the first in the Western Hemisphere to encounter European explorers and colonists

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Partners protect land under flight path

What does conservation of an Eastern Shore farm have to do with our nation's defense? "Quite a lot," says Jody Couser, director of communications at the Chesapeake Conservancy.

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The farm in the Middle Chesapeake Sentinel Landscape. / Photo by Teena Ruark Gorrow

Legal decision a win for land trusts

Recreational use statutes offer valuable liability protection for land trusts that allow public access and encourage landowners to open their land to the public free of charge. Unfortunately, some lawyers like to challenge these statutes for people claiming injuries.

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Right antidote, right time

Never in my lifetime have I seen America show so little solidarity. Our country is so divided that we seem unable as a community to discern between fake or real news, science or propaganda, truth or lies.

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Photo courtesy Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
May 21, 2018
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Lifelong learning stokes conservation

You're never too old to learn new things, a spirit that Virginia's accredited New River Land Trust takes to heart by leading field trips for people ages 50 and over.

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Mike Pinder of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducts a stream demonstration during a New River Land Trust field trip. / Photo by Anne Campbell

Collaborations keep water flowing

In Colorado's high-altitude San Luis Valley, which contains the headwaters of the Rio Grande, communities and conservationists have always needed to work together to solve water challenges while balancing the needs of people, agriculture and wildlife.

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The Gilmore Ranch easement is part of the Rio Grande Initiative, a broad partnership launched by the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust in 2007. / Photo by Rio de la Vista

Coming together for Earth Day

What's your grown-up version of playing in a puddle?

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Kids playing outside on land conserved by the accredited Northcoast Regional Land Trust in California. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
April 20, 2018
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Re: Climate (2018.04)

Flooding and sea-level rise are among the most visible and disruptive impacts of climate change.

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In Norfolk, Virginia, waters are projected to rise between 4.5 and 6.9 feet by the end of this century. / Photo by pixabay.com/12019

Laying the foundation for trust

Southeast Oregon's vast Harney Basin is a mosaic of productive ranchlands and wetland habitats, with Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at its center.

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A greater sandhill crane and chick in the Harney Basin. This species breeds in large emergent marsh-meadow wetlands at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. / Photo by Kay Scheurer Steele
April 11, 2018
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Once a disgrace, Potomac River roars back to life

The Potomac River, the source of drinking water for over 5 million residents in the Washington, D.C. area, earned its highest health grade ever in Potomac Conservancy's 10th State of the Nation's River report.

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The Potomac River, which flows through Washington, D.C., is roaring back to life following cleanup efforts. / Photo by Melissa Diemand
April 06, 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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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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A community shapes a plan

When I was asked to join the team that was charged with shaping the new strategic plan for the Alliance, I enthusiastically accepted. Who could pass up the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to a process that would help set the future course of an organization, and movement, for which I care deeply?

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February 14, 2018
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Setting a course for the future

We envision a reenergized, more relevant conservation movement in which land trusts join with partners that have not traditionally identified as conservation organizations around our shared interest in protecting special places.

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Andrew Bowman / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
February 14, 2018
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Keeping our house in order

To ensure our member land trusts do not intentionally or inadvertently participate in abusive syndicated easement transactions, the Land Trust Alliance is publishing today a revised Tax Shelter Advisory. All land trusts should become familiar with the document.

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Land Trust Alliance President Andrew Bowman / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
February 06, 2018
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A victory for the land

Northern Pass’s application to build a controversial 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield in New Hampshire has been rejected.

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From left, Jason Reimers and Amy Manzelli (of BCM Environmental Land Law, representing the Forest Society) and Forest Society staffers Will Abbott, Jack Savage and Jane Difley at the SEC deliberations. / Photo by Nancy West/indepthnh.org
February 02, 2018
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Introducing a new community conservation tool

Are you looking to deepen your relationship with current audiences? Do you want to engage with new audiences? A new tool from the Land Trust Alliance can help you.

January 29, 2018
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Make a difference

Everyone should have the chance to be happy outdoors. Those of us who work in conservation owe it to the next generation to provide them with that kind of opportunity and those experiences.

December 22, 2017
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Marking a milestone

Kris Krouse of the accredited Shirley Heinze Land Trust in Indiana tells us how investing in the Land Trust Alliance as a partner and ally can strengthen all facets of your land trust. 

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Little Calumet River/Photo by Alex Zaideman

Stronger together

I believed more than 35 years ago that we are stronger together, and that has never been truer than it is today.

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Land Trust Alliance Board Member Judith Stockdale / Photo courtesy of Judith Stockdale
December 04, 2017
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The importance of being counted

When perpetual land protection is your goal, long-time horizons need to be one of your most important temporal scales.

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Children spot a tortoise, one of many native creatures to the 39,000 acres of southern Arizona land protected by the accredited Arizona Land & Water Trust of Tucson, Arizona. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
December 01, 2017
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It's time for natural climate solutions

Land conservation offers a critical solution as activists and diplomats meet this week in Bonn to identify how nations will avoid a 2-degree Celsius increase in global average surface temperature (with a far preferable threshold being 1.5 degrees).

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Land Trust Alliance President Andrew Bowman / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
November 10, 2017
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A culture of conservation

The accredited Chelan-Douglas Land Trust had an idea, so they approached the Land Trust Alliance to bring it to life.

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Building community, creating connections

Trails promote an active, healthy lifestyle and support the local economy by providing opportunities for outdoor recreation to residents and visitors.

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Photo by Molly McGrath
July 12, 2017
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Livestock in harmony with sage-grouse

For decades, land trusts across the West have been collaborating with private landowners and public partners to conserve habitat for the sage-grouse — and it's been a big success!

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Volunteers mark a pasture fence to reduce sage-grouse fence-strikes in a Regional Conservation Partnership Program project area on a preserve owned by Eastern Sierra Land Trust. The simple fence tags reduce sage-grouse mortality by 80 percent. / Photo by Susanna Danner

Forever Rural gains ground in New York

Wheels are now in motion to return students to nature in New York.

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Forever Rural nature trail / Photo by Charlie Burgess

From gravel to gamboling

Once a private commercial gravel pit, this land is now a public-access natural park visited by over 5,000 people a year.

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Photo of R Park by David Swift

Building an ambassador landscape with community input

What does community conservation mean to you? You know it when you see it, but can you articulate it in principle?

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Photo courtesy of Taos Land Trust

Weaving together community

The Carolina Thread Trail weaves together the story of a North Carolina community, who worked together, locally and regionally, to improve their quality of life.

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Students using the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, a part of the Carolina Thread Trail, in Charlotte, NC. Photo courtesy of Carolina Thread Trail
June 07, 2017
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Outdoor adventure meets environmental monitoring

Emma Bode and Muy Lim went rock climbing in Thailand over Christmas. While they were there, they collected water samples for the nonprofit Adventure Scientists' Global Microplastics Project.

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Muy Lim enjoys the view of the Andaman Sea while climbing. / Photo by Emma Bode
June 06, 2017
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Veterans build universal access trail

When the Anderson Woods Nature Preserve opened near Lake Michigan, the dedication ceremony was a perfect reflection of the project — and the community as a whole.

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Photo courtesy of Land Conservancy of West Michigan
June 05, 2017
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Mark your calendar for World Environment Day

Are you ready to celebrate? I hope so, because this year Canada is hosting World Environment Day on June 5 with UN Environment and it is going to be fun!

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Connecting the world's tallest trees

The Berry Glen Trail property may be small in size, but its impact is large.

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Capital of the Powhatan chiefdom conserved

Werowocomoco, the capital of the Powhatan chiefdom and one of the most significant Native American sites in North America, now has another honor designated to its name: conserved forever.

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New York’s virtuous cycle

Across the last 14 years, New York has invested $15 million in expanding the work and reach of land trusts throughout the Empire State.

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New York State Conservation Partnership Program 2017 grants announcement group photo. / Photo courtesy of Hudson Highlands Land Trust
April 27, 2017
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Connecting people to the land, one shrub at a time

Wielding pickaxes and watering buckets, university students, veterans, fly-fishing enthusiasts and others gathered on a recent spring morning near Missoula, Montana to help Five Valleys Land Trust with an ambitious project: planting 300 shrubs around a new wetland.

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Lily Haines and Graham Roy show their enthusiasm for planting willow seedlings at Five Valleys Land Trust's wetland restoration site. / Photo by Jenny Tollefson

Best volunteer opportunity. Ever.

We here at The Land Conservancy of McHenry County were recently brainstorming ways to make a litter clean up more fun for our supporters when we came up with a spectacular idea!

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Trash that The Land Conservancy of McHenry County needed to clear was collected with the help of volunteers. / Photo courtesy of The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
April 18, 2017
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Changes within the Alliance’s policy department

Many of us are concerned — if not alarmed — about the impacts of political changes in Washington, D.C., on federal environmental policies, especially those that affect land trusts and land conservation. These include the Farm Bill, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and tax reform legislation.

April 14, 2017
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Meeting without an agenda

Have you ever had a meeting without an agenda?

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Left to right: Ellen Shepard of Virginia’s United Land Trusts, Faye Cooper of Valley Conservation Council, Wendy Kendrick of Central Virginia Land Conservancy, Dave Perry of Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, John Eustis of New River Land Trust, Meagan Cupka of Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, and Don Owen of the Land Trust Alliance. The group gathered at the Kendrick Farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Amherst County, Virginia. / Photo by Meagan Cupka
April 13, 2017
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Land trust enhances carbon sequestration

Feeling the impacts of climate change in its region, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust in California took action.

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Terrafirma is good for the long drive

Terrafirma is starting its fifth year with over 500 members! Forty-eight states plus Washington, D.C. are represented, and Terrafirma insures more than 8.15 million acres across 28,067 parcels. And as a service, Terrrafirma delivers!

 

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March 07, 2017
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Legacy of leadership

This year, the Land Trust Alliance is celebrating a legacy of leadership on behalf of the land trust community.

February 21, 2017
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Community forest, community vision

The Rensselaer Plateau in upstate New York is getting its second community forest. What's a community forest? Well, it depends on the community.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II
February 10, 2017
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Where 7 in 10 are conservationists

The annual Conservation in the West poll, released by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, recently proved what many of us in the West already know to be true.

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Photo by Justin Haug
February 08, 2017
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Our strategic response to climate change

After investing decades of hard work and billions of dollars in conservation — and now looking to expand efforts to permanently conserve important landscapes — land trusts are increasingly concerned about the impacts of climate change.

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Andrew Bowman at Rally 2016 / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
January 18, 2017
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Winning big

What do mountain unicycling, bird photography and river snorkeling have in common?

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Stephen Ramirez, winner of the inaurgural LandIsMy.org video contest, flies a drone / Photo courtesy of Ashley Lovell
January 11, 2017
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New model land and water initiative launches

The Land Trust Alliance recently launched the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative (the Initiative) in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network to deploy an integrated and innovative approach to permanent land protection, stewardship, co

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Sunset at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland / ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/Yvonne Navalaney
January 09, 2017
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Along came a spider

"While some scientists are exploring outer space, it's amazing to think that we're still discovering new things on Earth, like new species of spiders right here in Central Indiana," Cliff Chapman, executive director of the accredited Central Indiana Lan

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Glacier's End Nature Preserve in Indiana / Photo by Dick Miller
January 04, 2017
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Breaking barriers

Arizona Land & Water Trust has grown the conservation community, breaking barriers and forging new alliances across the state. Even with people who describe themselves as hard-headed cowboys.

December 19, 2016
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Fellowship follows fire

As the Hunterdon Land Trust prepared to celebrate its 20th anniversary, a small fire broke out Aug. 12 at our historic Dvoor Farm House headquarters.

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Firefighters respond Aug. 12, 2016, to the historic Dvoor Farm House headquarters of New Jersey's Hunterdon Land Trust / Photo courtesy of Nilo Hodge
December 15, 2016
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Collaborating to conserve

Oblong Land Conservancy and Putnam County Land Trust of New York recently contemplated how they could best conserve a crucial wetland.

 

December 12, 2016
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Connecting kids to nature

Bora still remembers his response when he was asked what it means to conserve land.

December 05, 2016
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56 million

In this season of celebration, I'm extremely pleased to share with you some news we can all cheer.

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Children spot a tortoise, one of many native creatures to the 39,000 acres of southern Arizona land protected by the accredited Arizona Land & Water Trust of Tucson, Arizona / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
December 01, 2016
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The Twelfth Man

Maybe you don’t know much about football. But where I come from in Alabama, it’s in your blood. So there are times I think of land conservation in football terms.

November 28, 2016
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Providing opportunities

Land trusts don’t just preserve land. In many cases, they preserve a community’s heritage and character.

November 22, 2016
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Benefiting community

There are many ways a land trust can benefit its community. Some create a wildlife refuge. Some conserve a lakeshore. Some improve public school play yards.

November 18, 2016
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Promoting conservation through outdoor recreation

"The more people care and advocate for these resources, the greater the chance they’re going to survive into the future."

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October 19, 2016
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Holding on to the land

Vander Green was at his wit’s end. He owed money on the mortgage for 42 acres he had inherited from his father, who had bought it in 1940. Green figured he had to sell 21 acres to make enough to pay his debt. There didn’t seem to be another way out.

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Vander Green delightedly removes the "For Sale" sign on his property. / Photo courtesy the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation
October 04, 2016
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Creating environmental detectives

One of the projects the accredited Pee Dee Land Trust in South Carolina is working on — with some Land Trust Alliance Excellence seed money — is called the Black Creek BioBlitz.

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September 26, 2016
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On the Road

I wake up each day to a job I love. I get to work with some of the nicest people I’ve ever known: land trust volunteers and staff.

September 22, 2016
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Putting landscapes to work

To better connect people in the community with nature, this conservancy is putting landscapes to work.

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Sandhill cranes on land protected by the Driftless Area Land Conservnacy in Wisconsin / Photo by Mary Kay Baum
September 08, 2016
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Planting the seeds of conservation

What if children in the neighborhood could help with planting the gardens in the park?

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Genesee Land Trust's El Camino Trail / Photo courtesy of Genesee Land Trust
August 19, 2016
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Milestones in Montana

For more than 15 years, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust has partnered with private landowners and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to conserve some of Montana’s most productive agricultural soils. But this week is a special one.

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The Toohey property near Bozeman, Montana / Photo courtesy of Gallatin Valley Land Trust
August 11, 2016
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Defining community conservation

We all know community conservation when we see it. But can we articulate it in principle?

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Defining community conservation was a group effort at one Land Trust Alliance event / Photo by Kristin Troy
August 05, 2016
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Conserving ranches to protect the climate

Agricultural land conservation is part of California’s strategy to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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The Bridgeport Valley in Mono County, California / Photo courtesy of Hunewill Ranch
July 28, 2016
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Bridging communities

Sometimes a bridge on a trail is more than just a bridge.

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Sharing a special preserve

Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk, free of charge, Bay Preserve at Osprey on Florida’s Little Sarasota Bay is a true community park.

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Desert denizens

The Mojave Desert Land Trust in California acquires land to buffer already protected land.

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Qualified holder for a reason

The Land Trust Alliance sees the new IRS interpretation of the federal conservation gift law enacted in 1980 as deeply flawed.

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Gone to the dogs

For more than 10 years, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has hosted year-round hikes for its members and the public to experience beautiful places protected by the land trust.

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June 10, 2016
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Tax shelters aren’t charity

Among its many roles, the Land Trust Alliance works with land trusts to address threats to our community. It is my belief we are facing a serious and urgent threat we all need to work to thwart: promoters using hyper-inflated conservation donations as a tool for selling tax deductions to wealthy investors.

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Andrew Bowman/Photo courtesy of Andrew Bowman
June 08, 2016
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Got baselines?

An easement from 1980 was put to the test in a recent conservation defense case in Connecticut.

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June 03, 2016
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Isn't that already protected?

When an uproar arose over the development of a forest with public hiking trails in Pennsylvania, the cry was, “Wasn’t that land protected?” The answer was “nope.”

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June 02, 2016
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And for our next trick…

By many measures, 2015 was a big year for the Land Trust Alliance.

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Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks
May 23, 2016
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Field trips connect people to land

Snakes aren’t slimy and crayfish do indeed pinch.

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Engaged communities

Community conservation is an approach to land conservation that starts with people, because to keep saving land, we need more people who care about the land.

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Local children get acquainted with an estuary thanks to Damariscotta River Association / Photo by Cara Slifka
May 17, 2016
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Historic land and beer: A natural fit

Brothers Mark and David Bennett and their friend Todd Boera had been searching for a farm to expand their business, Fonta Flora Brewery, that would showcase local agriculture in their beer production.

 

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From left: Andrew Kota, Foothills Conservancy’s stewardship director; Mark Bennett, David Bennett and Todd Boera with Fonta Flora Brewery; and Nora Coffey, superintendent of Lake James State Park / Photo courtesy of Foothills Conservancy
May 12, 2016
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Major victory for sportsmen

Conservationists from across the nation met earlier this month in Salt Lake City for the 10th annual Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, hosted by the Mule Deer Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.

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February 24, 2016
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Unlocking public access

“This is a magical, game-filled landscape we’ve all been aching to use but until now could not,” says Garrett VeneKlasen, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “Three cheers to the Wyss Foundation and The Wilderness Land Trust for making this dream become reality!”

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Rimrock Rose Ranch/Photo courtesy of Claire Haughey
February 23, 2016
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One for the team

After 11 years of controversy, including a trial, the Mohonk Preserve has prevailed in an important title case.

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Forested ridge and cliffs in the Mohonk Preserve/Photo courtesy of Mohonk Preserve
January 11, 2016
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Save the places you love this Giving Tuesday

On this global day dedicated to giving back, we invite you to help save the special places you need and love by supporting the Land Trust Alliance.

December 01, 2015
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Farm repurposed to fight hunger

The accredited American Chestnut Land Trust is remaking its “community supported agriculture” farm into an “agriculture supporting community” farm.

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American Chestnut Land Trust interns show off lettuce grown on Double Oak Farm/©Jeff Klapper
November 10, 2015
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Revising Standards and Practices

Community. Public trust. Permanence. Land Trust Standards and Practices defines the very values of the land trust community.

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November 09, 2015
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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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Keeping farms and ranches working

As scenic ranches in California’s Bay Area are snapped up and transformed into showcase estates, the accredited Marin Agricultural Land Trust is taking extra measures to ensure that the working ranches it protects stay in agricultural production.

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Rancher Al Poncia voluntarily amended a Marin Agricultural Land Trust conservation easement on his land to include a Mandatory Agricultural Use provision, ensuring that the land his family has farmed for four generations will continue to feed the community and contribute to the local economy/© Michael Woolsey/MALT
July 13, 2015
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Conservation with a consciousness

Land conservation with a social consciousness. That’s the way Howard Aronson, a board member with Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) in New Jersey described a recent project the land trust supported.

July 09, 2015
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Terrafirma by the numbers

The Land Trust Alliance formed Terrafirma in 2011 to help land trusts defend their conserved lands from legal challenge.

The key to land trust success: Volunteerism

The Sheffield Land Trust in Sheffield, Mass., which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, attributes much of its success to the volunteers who have helped its two-person staff attend to all of the details involved in accomplishing its work.

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Sheffield Land Trust volunteer Sally Cook speaks at the land trust’s 25th anniversary celebration. Cook, a former Sheffield Land Trust board member, is among the many volunteers to help the organization excel at its work.
July 01, 2015
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How we’ve changed in forty years

The Phippsburg Land Trust recently celebrated its 40th year as an active coastal Maine land trust. From its humble beginnings in 1974 to the thriving organization I help today as a board member, the Phippsburg Land Trust has grown with the times.

June 25, 2015
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Conservation in a changing climate

The climate is changing — and fast. As a father, an avid fly-fisherman and a conservationist, I think every day about what I can do to be part of the solution.

June 17, 2015
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