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This month’s Earth Day gives us a chance to be grateful for the work that you do: protecting special places and natural habitats, safeguarding fresh water sources, restoring coastal areas, supporting your local farms and forest lands - and most of all, enriching your communities. We thank you.

Join us in Alabama next month, to get caught up on conservation issues in the Gulf region and participate in capacity-building workshops at the Gulf States Assembly of Land Trusts. We are particularly excited about the unveiling of the Gulf Coast Land Conservation Vision at the annual meeting of the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation. Registration is still open »

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Growing strong urban farmers
Designed to bridge a “generational divide” between youth and their more senior community leaders, the Young Urban Farmer Program in Athens, Georgia, helps to address financial and health issues for its young people while building the next generation of environmental leaders. The program is a partnership between Athens Land Trust and a local high school that helps kids learn job skills while working at the West Broad Market garden. Read more »

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A gem in their community
Eno River Association is the first land trust to receive a Glaxo Smith Kline Impact award for helping people live healthier lives. The award, historically given to health-based organizations, recognizes the land trust for its leadership in creating public parks, water quality protection and environmental education In Durham, North Carolina. Eno River’s is another way in which the land trust connects its community to the land it protects.
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Kickstarter and Mother Nature
Kickstarter is an online, crowd-sourced fundraising tool for projects ranging from art projects to starting new businesses. When the ancient cypress of the underwater forest was picking up international interest, Ben Raines of Weeks Bay Foundation, put together a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for a film to document and protect the forest. “It’s a lot cooler to have a forest on the bottom of the ocean than a bunch of coffee tables,” Ben says.
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Lottery for accreditation applications opens May 1

Is your land trust preparing for accreditation? The Land Trust Accreditation Commission has materials to help with the process as well as webinar recordings that are available for your use. Each narrated 60-minute webinar can be watched by you and your board at your own pace. See a list of webinar topics »

Join us in Columbia, South Carolina, on May 1, for an Accreditation Readiness and Preparation Clinic, with Henrietta Jordan of Trailmarkers Associates. Register by email »

If you’re further along in the process, don’t miss the lottery for accreditation applications, which opens at noon eastern on May 1. Learn more »

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Tips for working with volunteers
Volunteers can be essential to your land trust, but not all are created equal. The NonProfit Times reminds us to pay special attention to our “regular” volunteers; the committed individuals we always depend upon, the supporters who show up time and time again. These people are as important as the contributions they make. Practice these five tips to keep them coming back for more »
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The full value of natural resources
One way to get more people to care about conservation is to talk about its economic value. Economists estimate the total economic value of the ecosystem services provided by the private forestlands of the Red Hills region at $1.136 billion per year. Learn more in this study by Tall Timbers Research Station and Conservancy, in partnership with the University of Georgia »
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Land trusts (and the next generation) effective on Capitol Hill
At Land Trust Advocacy Day, the Land Trust for Central North Carolina brought along a next-generation conservationist for their meeting with Senator Kay Hagan. Land trusts from 23 states joined them and worked the congressional halls over the two-day event. Their timing couldn’t have been better: on April 3, the Senate Finance Committee voted to extend the Conservation Easement Incentive Act (H.R. 2807).
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MOVERS AND SHAKERS
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Lora Bradley High
Lora is the new development director for Spartanburg Area Land Trust in South Carolina. More »
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
North Carolina’s 24 local land trusts gave awards to individuals and organizations that achieved major accomplishments in land and water protection. More »
 
Karen Babin
Karen has joined the Land Trust for Louisiana as office coordinator. More »

 

WEBINARS, TRAINING, CONFERENCES
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South Carolina Land Trust
Network Meeting

May 1  | Columbia, SC
Cost: Lunch- $12
Register by email »


Neighborhood Conservation: The Nuts and Bolts of Making the Deals
May 1 | Webinar
Cost: $55
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Proven Strategies for Meeting Your Year-End Fundraising Goals
May 7 | Webinar
Cost: $55
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Annual Meeting of the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation and the Gulf States Assembly of Land Trusts
May 12-13  | Fairhope, AL
Cost: $100
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What Land Trusts Need to Know about Wetland Mitigation Banking

May 14 | Webinar
Cost: $55
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Creating a Strong Fundraising Team
May 28 | Webinar
Cost: $55
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Feature One: Photo courtesy of Athens Land Trust
Feature Two: Photo courtesy of Eno River Association
Feature Three: Photo courtesy of Ben Raines
Feature Four: Photo courtesy of Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Feature Five: © skystardream
Feature Six: Photo by Chris Soto
Feature Seven: Photo by courtesy of Heidi Hannapel


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