The human benefits of protecting nature

Nature provides numerous benefits to humans, from the pure pleasure of experiencing it to the food and water it provides us. How is it possible, then, to put a price on something so priceless?

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Brown bear with salmon / Photo by L. Hupp/USFWS
September 08, 2017
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Finding value in 'fluff'

With limited, overstretched staff, local papers and magazines are only too happy to accept well-written, press-ready articles from nonprofit organizations like land trusts.

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Stroud Preserve / Photo by Geoff Creary, Simone Collins Landscape Architecture
September 07, 2017
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Beautiful life in the muddy water

Every fall, Rani Henderson asks teenagers to wade up to their waists in a muddy pond so they can harvest marsh grass. "They think I'm crazy," she says.

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Photo courtesy of Galveston Bay Foundation
September 06, 2017
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It's time to upload your #LandIsMy video

Our annual #LandIsMy video contest is all about discovering what land means to you. How being connected to the land is more than a luxury — it's a necessity.

September 05, 2017
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Science! It's uniting land trusts and schools

Land trusts have the opportunity to help states meet their educational goals and objectives by partnering with schools and providing key outdoor education experiences for students.

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Kulshan Creek neighborhood youth at Minkler Lake Conservation Area, protected by the accredited Skagit Land Trust in Washington state. / Photo courtesy of Skagit Land Trust
September 01, 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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Photo courtesy of Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

It’s time to stand up for IRS Notice 2017-10

Together with you and strong bipartisan support in Congress, we made the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive permanent in 2015. That was a triumphant moment for land conservation across America.

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U.S. Capitol / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
August 15, 2017
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Welcome to Colorful Colorado!

As we get closer to Rally 2017, I’m hearing how excited Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts members are to welcome everyone to our sunny state!

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A sign welcomes people to Colorado. / Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
August 10, 2017
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Brushstrokes of beauty

Each summer, the accredited Douglas Land Conservancy in Colorado gathers artists from across the country for an exceptional opportunity, a week of painting conserved public and private lands.

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Photo by Douglas Land Conservancy volunteer, Tom Netwal

Unleashing a river of words

Artistic expression about nature is the heart of the accredited Hudson Highlands Land Trust’s River of Words program.

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Photo courtesy of Hudson Highlands Land Trust
July 26, 2017
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