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Linked by Land

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2012
Author: 
Christina Soto

Board members of all-volunteer land trusts forge strong bonds with their communities.

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Growing a Strong Board

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2010
Author: 
Marc Smiley

After 17 years of being connected to the Thousand Islands Land Trust in Clayton, New York, Susan Smith had just assumed the position of president of the board in August 2008 when tragedy struck in November.

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Building an Effective Team Through Shared Leadership

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2013
Author: 
Judy Anderson and Shelli Bischoff

All successful land trusts have one thing in common: effective leadership. However, in many land trusts the top-down approach to leadership is changing, moving toward a leadership model that no longer relies on leaders issuing “commands” or being the only decision-makers.

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Strategies for Resolving Conflicts

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Winter 2011
Author: 
Christina Soto

Richard Male is a recognized leader, trainer and consultant in the fields of leadership development, fundraising, community organizing and public policy for nonprofit organizations and other groups.

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New Board Orientation: “A Really Useful Tool”

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Fall 2009
Author: 
Christina Soto

Getting back to basics is a good thing, according to Anita O’Gara, vice president and director of development at the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. She and President Mark Ackelson are the staff members responsible for orienting new board members.

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Mediating Conservation Disputes

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2013
Author: 
Debbie Leonard

You are president of the board of an established land trust that has held a conservation easement for many years. A new owner of the property encumbered by the easement is threatening to make changes that violate the easement’s terms. Notwithstanding numerous discussions between the land trust’s staff and the new owner, the parties have reached an impasse.