Demonstrating our relevance

When land trusts pursue community conservation, they build broad and deep support for land conservation, and, ultimately, ensure the permanence of it.

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August 10, 2018
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Room to grow

A high school student shares why being an intern with the accredited Lookout Mountain Conservancy in Tennessee is her best time investment and how it’s setting her up for success in the future.

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Photo courtesy of Lookout Mountain Conservancy/Imani Rowe, second from left, poses with other interns in the Intern and Leadership Program of the accredited Lookout Mountain Conservancy. Master gardener and volunteer Kathleen Robinson (far left) works with the students in the teaching garden.
August 09, 2018
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Preserved forever. Scout's honor.

Ask people who love the outdoors how they first formed their connection to nature and it won't take long before someone mentions scouting.

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Vintage photo from Camp Hidden Falls. / Photo courtesy of former Girl Scout J. Reds E. Ross
August 03, 2018
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One week, 11,000 acres

In all my years, I can't remember a week quite like the one of June 15.

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Basalt cliffs above Klickitat Canyon. / Photo by Dennis Wiancko
August 02, 2018
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Children need nature (and nature needs children)

At the recent International Leadership Summit for the Children & Nature Network in California, I was fortunate to attend a session about green schoolyards.

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Educator Rob Wade has worked closely with Skagit Land Trust's Conservation Classroom program to achieve the goals of having outdoor learning spaces close to schools and supporting teachers who already have lessons in place. Pictured are Lyman Elementary kindergarteners having fun learning observation skills. / Photo by Lisa Miller
July 25, 2018
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Re: Climate (2018.07)

Empowering farmers to stay in business after traditional crops fail is an increasingly urgent concern in an age of rising seas.

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Salt water intrusion in Somerset County, Maryland. / Photo by Dani Weissman, University of Maryland

Behind the victory in Pennsylvania

This thrilling achievement would not have been possible without land trust people investing deeply in building relationships with state and local officials — whether or not they were asking for anything — through the years.

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Photo by Alston Jenkins [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
July 12, 2018
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Darkness worth protecting

Over 80 percent of the U.S. population lives under skies so polluted by man-made lights that celestial objects like the Milky Way are almost invisible.

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Photo by Ronald Gleason
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An early office of the Land Trust Alliance in Bar Harbor, Maine, circa 1980s. / Photo from Land Trust Alliance archives
July 10, 2018
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Genesis of the Land Trust Alliance (Part 1)

What launched the Land Trust Alliance may fast be receding into the past, but the story is important land conservation history.

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Photo of Ben Emory by Dick Broom/Mount Desert Islander
July 09, 2018
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