Putting solar to work in preserves

Land trusts around the country continue to explore the use of renewable energy, including solar. At the accredited Land Trust of Napa County in California, solar panel installations equal big cost savings.

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A pre-fire photo taken in the Archer Taylor Preserve shows the beauty of the area, which is slowly recovering. Solar panels added to a caretaker house on the preserve were a welcome addition as the isolated house suffered frequent power outages from trees or branches falling on the wires. Photo by A. Kubler
September 16, 2019
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Building community resilience

In New Mexico, the accredited Taos Land Trust is flipping the switch on the energy debate and building community energy resiliency. Solar panels generate 50% of the energy used to run the land trust.

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Photo by Jim O'Donnell / Courtesy of Taos Land Trust
September 13, 2019
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We can transform lives

How often do you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, feeling anxious or cranky?

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Photo courtesy of Montezuma Land Conservancy
September 11, 2019
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In memoriam: Jean Hocker

I was fortunate to join the staff of the Land Trust Alliance (then the Land Trust Exchange) for the first time in the summer of 1987. I was 27 — a millennial, in today's terms — young and eager to make my mark.

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At Rally 2017 in Denver, Colorado, Jean Hocker speaks with Land Trust Alliance Director of Standards & Educational Services Sylvia Bates and President’s Circle Member Bob Ayres, a former Alliance board member. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
August 28, 2019
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Re: Climate (2019.08)

It's official: Last month was the Earth's hottest month on record.

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Photo by pixabay.com / RyanMcGuire
August 21, 2019
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Tribal lands returned, conserved forever

Certain projects really resonate, demonstrating how our work encompasses just about every value I hold dear: environmental and wildlife habitat preservation and restoration, family land and open space conservation, and some days, even social justice.

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Alder Creek / Photo by Nicolet Houtz, courtesy of Mendocino Land Trust
August 19, 2019
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The right thing to do

What would you do if land trust-protected properties were seized by a private gas pipeline developer that planned to cut through majestic streams and intact forests? That's exactly the situation the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and other land trusts around the nation are facing.

August 05, 2019
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A partnership worth its name

The more the merrier? When it comes to partners in landscape conservation, that's a good guiding principle.

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Pronghorn antelope / Photo by Matt Turner
July 30, 2019
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Take it outside

At the very tip of the Mitten State is a town called Mackinaw City. The school is small, the hearts are big and the surrounding beauty is unparalleled.

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Photo courtesy of Little Traverse Conservancy
July 24, 2019
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