A bridge to food security

Land access and food security have always been important issues for Kingston Land Trust, but they have emerged as even greater priorities during the pandemic.

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Children from the African Roots Library afterschool program in 2019 show off their harvest from a garden created through Kingston Land Trust's land matching program. / Photo courtesy of Kingston Land Trust

Jobs for the unemployed

The accredited Land Trust of North Alabama partnered with Downtown Huntsville, Inc. and Downtown Charitable Fund to provide temporary employment to service industry workers from downtown Huntsville businesses who had been displaced due to the economic fallout of COVID-19.

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Land stewards conduct orientation for the first group of participants. / Photo courtesy of City of Huntsville, Alabama
June 01, 2020
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Ensuring the outdoors is safe and welcoming to all

The stresses on Americans in these difficult times have revealed the need for people to access and use the outdoors for respite and recreation.

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Support of local food systems

As various iconic public lands all over the country closed due to COVID-19, many land trusts experienced increased traffic at their properties — as well as a renewed appreciation for conservation.

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Photo credit: Marco Sanchez / Dana Melby and Pete Walton at work at Piedmont Environmental Council’s Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows.
May 28, 2020
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A time to give back

In rapidly developing Eagle County, Colorado, the Land & Rivers Fund helps to protect rivers and open spaces. In partnership with Eagle River Watershed Council, the accredited Eagle Valley Land Trust launched the program, which is supported by local businesses and their customers, who make voluntary donations with purchases.

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Photo credit: Todd Winslow Pierce / Funding from the Land & Rivers Fund helps Eagle Valley Land Trust protect properties in Eagle County, Colorado, like this ranchland in the Brush Creek Valley.
May 27, 2020
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Finding value in the details

I have a colleague who used to scour flea markets for old Star Wars toys. He was never certain what any toy might cost, so he carried with him a guide to help determine whether the price of something that caught his eye was reasonable. He wanted that helping hand.

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Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness

Last month, I told you about Paycheck Protection Program loans and how they can help land trusts meet payroll during the pandemic.These loans are forgivable if certain conditions are met. Now we know more about those conditions.

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May 18, 2020
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Our many happy places

Across the past couple weeks, we’ve celebrated the beautiful spaces that land trusts are saving in our #MyHappyPlace campaign on social media. We had 12 land trusts take over our Instagram account for the occasion and share some amazing photos and compelling stories that highlight their great work. 

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Photos from our Instagram takeover. From left to right: Douglas Land Conservancy in Colorado, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Peconic Land Trust in New York; all accredited
May 11, 2020
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A virtual film festival? Yes, please!

During this pandemic, we have all seen beloved gatherings transformed into virtual experiences. While it's not the same, there are some advantages, including how easy it is to participate from anywhere!

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April 30, 2020
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Our role

What is a land trust's role during hard times? Our open spaces provide relief, solace and strength to the people in our community, and our work to address the larger, looming issue of climate change is as critical as ever. But right now, people need help.

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Photo by Summit Land Conservancy staff
April 29, 2020
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