Friday, November 21, 2014

The Election Day story you never heard

Land Trust Alliance

Election Day had a great story that most people never heard: Land conservation won, and it won big.

Across the nation, voters in 35 jurisdictions approved ballot measures securing $13 billion in new funding for land conservation – the most ever. Working in close partnership with the Trust for Public Land, the Alliance helped land trusts win campaigns for local funding initiatives in Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico and South Carolina. We also invested in New Jersey and in Florida, where the voters approved constitutional amendments that locked in billions of dollars for conservation.

Clearly, with the right approach, America’s voters support land conservation. We should all be thinking about giving them that opportunity.
Signed, Rand Wentworth
Rand Wentworth
President, Land Trust Alliance
A is for Apple, and Action
Josh Lynsen/Land Trust Alliance
In partnership with Feeding America, the Alliance is delivering to every senator a harvest of apples from Crooked Run Orchard, a conserved family farm in Virginia. And we hope the senators savor the taste because future donations to food banks from farms like Crooked Run are at risk since Congress allowed the conservation tax incentive to expire. There’s only a few weeks left to restore and make permanent the conservation and food donation tax incentives, common-sense approaches that help feed Americans while safeguarding the special places that define our heritage, character and people.
Learn more about the tax incentive
A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region
The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, a program of the Land Trust Alliance, released last week a landmark report, uniting multiple partners to identify priority focus areas for land conservation and economic revival in the Gulf of Mexico. See the report »
Appraisals, Honesty and Apiaries
Securing an honest appraisal of what constitutes the “highest and best” use of property can be very difficult and very important. When seeking government benefits, expert opinions can yield sweet nectar or bitter defeat. This is true whether the benefits you’re seeking are big or small. Check out these stories »
More than Hugging Trees
DJ Glisson/Firefly Images
Ever wonder how conservation can change lives? Want to find a great way to inspire the next generation of conservationists? Check out this video of young adults who share how their experience with two land conservation groups made a difference (indeed transformed their lives) well beyond the trees they have grown to love.
More information on the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust’s Lowell Leaders in Stewardship »
On The Horizon
What is Strategic Communications?
December 3 | Complimentary for Alliance members
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Fundraising 2015: Taking it to the Next Level
January 22 | Cost: $55
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Conservation Easement Monitoring
January 28 | Cost: $55
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Doctor’s Orders: Get Outside
Nature deficit disorder: It’s a national health crisis with substantial economic and social implications. To combat this, the Alliance teamed with 30 of America’s leading health officials, academics and nature-focused nonprofits to sign the Wingspread Declaration, a document calling for action to reconnect people with nature. Read more »
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