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Students learn in the gardens at Wadsworth STEM, a Space to Grow school in Chicago. Space to Grow is a partnership of Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands land trust to transform Chicago schoolyards into vibrant spaces to play, learn and be outside, while helping neighborhoods to reduce urban flooding. / Photo by Space to Grow

Counting what matters: Stories from the 2020 National Land Trust Census

Source: 
Winter 2022 Saving Land
Author: 
Tom Springer

You may have heard the saying, “No numbers without stories and no stories without numbers.” Since 1981, that sound piece of communications advice has been a guiding principle behind the National La

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Author Dean Fedde (right) and his brother Wayne on the farm they protected with a conservation easement. The Nebraska farmers vowed to save their family farmland and worked with Nebraska Land Trust to permanently protect it in 2010.

A tale of two farms: The power of conservation easements

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2021
Author: 
Dean Fedde

I am a lifelong Nebraskan with deeply planted roots in southwest Sarpy County. For nearly a century, my family has farmed in the Lower Platte Valley, an area rich with some of our state’s most fertile soils. In Nebraska’s fastest growing county, there is now an urgency to protect the historic farmsteads, rolling fields of grain and the diverse habitat needed to sustain the abundant wildlife of the region. In these rapidly changing times, agriculture is being squeezed out and farms are vanishing at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, my family has suffered that reality.

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The health of our waters: Protecting the Great Lakes Basin

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2021
Author: 
Laura Eklov

Land trusts across the country are working diligently and creatively to protect water quality, quantity and equitable water access every day. Land trusts working in the Great Lakes basin are no exception, helping to protect one of the largest sources of fresh water on Earth. Covering 21% of the world’s surface fresh water, there’s a lot at stake.