In memoriam: Klara Sauer

As Labor Day approaches, we at Scenic Hudson are thinking about Klara Sauer, a true conservation leader we lost earlier this summer.

Klara Sauer/Photo courtesy of Scenic Hudson Land Trust
September 01, 2015

From mowing to meadows

Americans spend approximately $40 billion a year to maintain more than 32 million acres of lawn — an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania. We pour 270 billion gallons of water per week on our lawns. We apply 10 times more fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides than farmers do to their crops. Making meadows is a green alternative.

Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve in Pennsylvania/Photo by Bill Moses
August 27, 2015

Connecting to nature en Español

Teatown Lake Reservation in New York is all about connecting people with nature, but a language barrier keeps getting in the way. In some parts of its region, north of New York City, more than 40% of people speak Spanish as their first language.

(L to R): Land Trust Alliance’s Ethan Winter; Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens; children and teachers from Teatown’s Head Start/Nurtured by Nature program; state assembly member Sandra Galef; high school student Eli Brand; Teatown Lake Reservation’s executive director Kevin Carter/Photo by Laura Elmore/Teatown Lake Reservation
August 19, 2015

42 sponsors and good momentum

While the challenge of making permanent the enhanced tax benefits for donations of conservation easements can seem never ending, its land trust backers never quit. In fact, while Congress takes its summer recess, there is reason for optimism.

Leelanau Conservancy board member John Erb presents an award to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a lead sponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act/© DJ Glisson/Firefly Imageworks
August 18, 2015

Unplugging: Goodbye, home Internet

There’s a Zits comic my boss simultaneously loves and loathes.

August 13, 2015

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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Our majority-minority future

What do skateboarding, sourdough and air quality standards for pollution have in common? In the United States, these and many other popular trends all started in California.

© Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
August 03, 2015

Two months to save LWCF

Over the past five decades, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has infused over $16 billion of federal energy royalties into more than 41,000 conservation projects — from iconic national treasures to hometown parks and natural areas in nearly every county. But unless Congress acts, the LWCF will expire in two months!

Chris Matarangas, an aide to U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, meets with Steve Schwartz of Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Gary Bloss of Friends of Cherry Valley
July 27, 2015

Schumer, others support land conservation

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are now among the 33 senators sponsoring the Conservation Easement Incentive Act.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, center, took a stand for land during a land trust event in New York State.
July 23, 2015

One step forward in the U.S. Senate

It wasn’t the action we wanted, but it’s good news nonetheless.

July 22, 2015