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

Splitting the proceeds

Who thought tax law was boring? For conservation legal nerds, the dilemma over proceeds regulation is as exciting as March Madness is to basketball fans.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay
March 28, 2022
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This World Water Day, join the fight for water

Mark Twain — one of the quintessential voices of American literature — is credited with saying that whiskey is for drinking while water is for fighting. And no wonder.

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Photo of the Mckenzie River in Central Oregon / Photo from Pixabay.com
March 22, 2022
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Finding climate solutions in land

By sharing examples of innovative and effective initiatives, as well as lessons learned and policy recommendations, a new report demonstrates that land trusts and conservancies can act quickly and flexibly at all levels, from local to global.

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Photo courtesy of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
February 24, 2022
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Hitting our stride at 40

Today, on Feb. 22, the Land Trust Alliance turns 40 years old. I am well past that age, but I remember that people expected me to be solemn and even dejected about that milestone. I didn’t see it that way for me personally at the time, and I certainly don’t see it that way for the Alliance.

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Andrew Bowman is president & CEO of the Land Trust Alliance.
February 22, 2022
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Healing spaces

A recent article in the Baltimore Sun highlighted how neighborhood green spaces honor local heroes. Former residents that are memorialized with parks in their names include community activists, ambassadors, barrier-breaking politicians and other local luminaries. Many of them are people of color.

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Photo courtesy of Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
February 17, 2022
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This land trust protected a 'little paradise'

Title issues may feel arcane or esoteric compared to joy of finalizing a donation of land. But such due diligence can be critical for sound conservation.

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Image by Johan1127 from Pixabay
February 14, 2022
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Re: Climate (2022.02)

We all have a role to play in addressing the inequities that can hamper our communities and lands in recovering from traumatic weather.

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Powerful storms, such as what New Orleans experienced during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, are poised to increasingly affect communities with large Black populations on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. / Image by 12019 from Pixabay
February 11, 2022
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I'm your new webinar host

Think about how many webinars, virtual conferences and online workshops you’ve attended over the past two years. None of us would have had in our budgets the funds to travel to all those events in person. A whole new world of knowledge exchange has opened to us.

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Photo courtesy of Alexis Thorbecke
February 10, 2022
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