Help birds

Birds connect us to wild spaces and our natural world. They help to pollinate plants, disperse seeds and are bioindicators of ecosystem health. Birds bring people together and give them joy. But now, birds need our help.

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Baltimore oriole by Ryan Schain, Macaulay Library at Cornell Lab of Ornithology
March 02, 2020
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Why we do the work that we do

"Take a deep breath and smell the goodness in the world."

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Wallowa Lake's East Moraine / Photo by Leon Werdinger
February 26, 2020
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Be the voice of our community

Robin Williams, the late great actor and comedian, once said that "spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'" As a member of the land conservation community, I couldn't agree more.

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William Kastning of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation stands outside the U.S. Capitol with Amy Hansen of New Jersey Conservation Foundation. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
February 20, 2020
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Re: Climate (2020.02)

The most recent U.S. Sea-Level Report Card from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows the pace of sea-level rise is accelerating. Of the 32 included tide-gauge stations along the U.S. coastline, 25 showed water levels rising at a faster rate in 2019 than in 2018.

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Photo by flickr.com/photos/orkingtide/
February 12, 2020
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New grant opportunity for land trusts

Over the past year, the Land Trust Alliance's Common Ground effort has listened and learned with new audiences as we've explored how land conservation can better support communities.

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At Broad Street Community Garden in Hartford, Connecticut, staff and volunteers from a nonprofit called Knox built raised garden beds that children, people with disabilities and older adults can access. / Photo courtesy of Knox
February 05, 2020
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Send a valentine

One of my favorite things about the land trust community is the warmth and willingness of its people to support one another.

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Photo by Khadeeja Yasser on Unsplash
January 29, 2020
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Perspiration into inspiration

Collaboration is hard work. Also difficult: describing the special magic that collaboration produces when successful. But you can turn your perspiration into inspiration by remembering these wise dictums.

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Photo by pixabay.com / Shutterbug75
January 28, 2020
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Fervidly facilitating financial feats

Dollars are a key component to making strategic land conservation work. And interest in learning more about new and innovative sources of funding for land conservation seems like it's at an all-time high.

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Photo by pixabay.com / PublicDomainPictures
January 23, 2020
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Host a future land trust leader

The Scholars for Conservation Leadership Program, a career and leadership development program, is building on its early momentum and preparing to give one student participant a further career boost.

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The initial cohort of the Scholars for Conservation Leadership Program gathered on stage at Rally 2019: The National Land Conservation Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. / Photo by DJ Glisson, II
January 13, 2020
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Giving back to the community

While she credits her parents with instilling in her a love of nature, Karen Ferrell-Ingram was reinspired almost 20 years ago when she and her husband realized they had built a home within an important deer migration corridor.

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At its July 2019 meeting, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission paused for a photo. / Photo by Valerie Roof
January 10, 2020
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