Fresh food for the community

In many ways, the pandemic laid bare the critical connection between conservation and community access to local food.

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The Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s community garden was more popular than ever in 2020. / Photo courtesy of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
February 17, 2021
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Tools for success

As a child, I was obsessed with the Little Tikes Workshop. Made to resemble a real-life workbench, this playset came with all the necessary fixings: a plastic hammer, drawers to hold big faux-nails and even a fake phone to handle "customer" requests.

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Before he became ambassador program manager for the Land Trust Alliance, a young Robert Schwartz was Mr. Fixit. / Photo courtesy of Robert Schwartz
February 12, 2021
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Tips for your Rally 2021 proposal

While we don't yet know what form Rally 2021 will take — though we should have clarity soon! — we do know that Rally will continue to offer cutting-edge, relevant and challenging content for the land conservation community. But we can't do it without your help.

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Downtown Cleveland and the shore of Lake Erie. / Photo by David Liam Kyle, courtesy of Western Reserve Land Conservancy
February 08, 2021
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Many ways to support local tribes

In July 2020, the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County regained a piece of their ancestral homeland in Big Sur, California.

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Esselen Tribal Gathering / Photo by Matthew Pendergast
February 05, 2021
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Learn the basics in Stewardship 101

Stewarding easements is one of the most important jobs for a land trust — and it's one they don't teach in college. Clearly, new staff or volunteer monitors must be trained on best practices in stewardship.

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Photo courtesy of Megan Knott
February 04, 2021
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In memoriam: Tom Howe

On Jan. 26, a tragic accident took the life of one of New Hampshire's most passionate conservationists and our very good friend, Tom Howe.

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Tom Howe / Photo courtesy of Society for the Protection of NH Forests
February 02, 2021
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In memoriam: Barbara Erickson

The Trustees of Reservations recently announced the passing of Barbara Erickson, its visionary leader for the past nine years, who died Jan. 15.

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Barbara Erickson / Photo by Stephanie Zollshan, courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations
February 01, 2021
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More tips for smooth onboarding

I previously shared some virtual onboarding strategies that will help get you — and your new employees — through their first days with your land trust.

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Image by R. E. Beck from Pixabay
January 26, 2021
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Onboarding for smooth sailing

For many of us, the new year also brings new staff to our organizations. Already this month, I've had a number of conversations with land trusts about hiring, selecting and welcoming new staff during the pandemic, when our largely virtual workplaces make such transitions challenging.

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Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
January 25, 2021
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