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COLT Annual Meeting 2019

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting of Ohio’s Land Trust Community: March 29th and 30th

Meeting location: Newark Double Tree Motel in Newark, Ohio.

Talk with colleagues from around the state about:

·        NRCS programs in the new farm bill

·        Ohio land trust priorities in the new Ohio administration

·        Stewardship and monitoring tools and practices

·        Board building techniques

·        Legal issues in conservation easements

For the complete schedule, click here. (Word Document)

Registration will be open soon.

Governor DeWine Names Joy Mulinex Director of Lake Erie Commission

Feb. 8th, 2019

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today named Joy Mulinex to serve as the Governor’s Director of the Lake Erie Commission. The appointment will be effective Feb. 22, 2019.

Mulinex currently serves as Director of Government Relations for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, where she develops and implements the organization’s federal and state public policy platform. Previously, she managed the bipartisan U.S. House and Senate Great Lakes Task Force in Washington, D.C., which DeWine co-chaired as a U.S. Senator. Mulinex also worked as Legislative Counsel for Senator DeWine from 1999 to 2001. She is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Oregon School of Law. Mulinex has served on the board of the Cleveland Water Alliance, Alliance for the Great Lakes, and U.S. EPA Great Lakes Advisory Board.

“Protecting Lake Erie is a priority of my administration,” Governor DeWine said. “Addressing the challenges it faces will take collaboration and hard work. I am confident that Joy Mulinex will serve as a strong voice for Lake Erie in this key role in my administration.”

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission coordinates, reviews, and makes recommendations concerning policies, programs, and priorities pertaining to Lake Erie. In her role, Mulinex will serve as the Governor’s primary Lake Erie strategist and will help develop and maintain the Governor’s policy agenda on Lake Erie.

Congratulations, Joy! (Joy serves on the COLT Steering Committee)



REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Feb. 6, 2019) – Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda will host a series of informal meet and greet events across Ohio. The meetings will present the opportunity for Director Pelanda to introduce herself, share information regarding her background and listen to thoughts and ideas from members of Ohio’s food and agriculture industry.

The meet and greets will be hosted in conjunction with local soil and water conservation districts. The events are open to the public and members of the media are welcome to attend on the following dates:


February 11

9:30 a.m. – Ross County Service Center, 475 Western Ave., Chillicothe, OH 45601

11:30 a.m. – Jackson County OSU Extension, 17 Standpipe Road, Jackson, OH 45640

2:30 p.m. – Athens Public Library, 30 Home St., Athens, OH 45701


February 15

10:00 a.m. – Wilmington College Kelly Center, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH 45177

1:00 p.m. – Springview Government Center, 3130 East Main St., Springfield, OH 45505


February 22

10:30 a.m. – Union County Ag Center – Buckeye Meeting Room, 18000 St. Rt. 4 N, Suite B, Marysville, OH 43040

2:00 p.m. – UVCC-Adult Technology Center, 8901 Looney Rd., Room 600, Piqua, OH 45356


March 1

10:00 a.m. – Gottfried Nature Center, 9783 County Highway 330, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351


March 4

1:00 p.m. – Eaton First Church of God, 601 E. Lexington Rd., Eaton, OH 45320

3:30 p.m. – Central Service Building, 220 W. Livingston St., Celina, OH 45822

ODA Office of Communications, (614) 752-9817, agrcommunications@agri.ohio.gov

Strategic Plan: 2018-2022

"The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) is a thriving organization and getting stronger; we have set the course for our future in a new strategic plan to guide our next five years. The plan was adopted and rolled out in February. It was developed with input from the community; thanks to all who are participating in this process. The 2018-2022 plan focuses on four big conservation goals: advancing the relevance, rate, rigor and resilience of land conservation."

Check out the following resources to learn more:

Website: The Executive Summary and full plan can be found here.
Blog: Andrew Bowman and Michael Polemis both penned posts about the new strategic plan.
Full Plan: https://www.landtrustalliance.org/about/strategic-plan-2018-2022

For Land Trusts:

Land Trust Standards and Practices (Revised 2017)



Click here to view the Membership Form (Microsoft Word Document). The form can be printed and mailed, along with your check, to:


c/o Western Reserve Land Conservancy

3850 Chagrin River Road

Moreland Hills, OH44022

Please make checks payable to: COLT c/o Western Reserve Land Conservancy

To sign up for COLT via credit card, please contact:

Sheila Randel | Database Manager Western Reserve Land Conservancy
3850 Chagrin River Rd. | Moreland Hills, OH 44022
440.528.4163 (direct) | 440.528.4150


To become an individual member of the Land Trust Alliance, click here.

If your land trust would like to become a member of the Land Trust Alliance, click here.

To search for LTA member land trusts operating in Ohio, click here. Become a member of your local land trust today!

The Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT) is a voluntary network of land trusts and other conservation organizations dedicated to advancing land conservation for public benefit in Ohio.

COLT strives to help Ohio's land trusts conserve more of the state's farmland, woodlands and natural areas by assisting each land trust in building organizational capacity and developing strategic conservation plans. Since its inception, COLT has worked to:

1. Enhance the technical knowledge of Ohio land trusts through training and peer-to-peer networking;

2. Increase land trusts' implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices through land trust organizational assessments and;

3. Advance critical state and federal land conservation policy initiatives and legislation, such as property tax reform, and renewal of the Clean Ohio Fund, in partnership with other statewide groups such as Ohio League of Conservation Voters and Mainstream Green Coalition.