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LTA's rally this year will be in Providence, Rhode Island! Register today! 




Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour & Workshop Series--

NOW through November 14, 2014

All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless noted.

For a full schedule of tours, workshops and events, and registration (where applicable) go to:



Click here to read the ONAPA (Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association) Fall Winter Newsletter.


 Click to find a land trust:  INTERACTIVE Ohio Land Trusts
Service Area map links to Land Trust Alliance Website



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Applications for the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund for Round 9 are due October 31st! District 11 has been funded $3.7 million! If your district hasn't announced its funding, they will soon. 

Click here to find your district's NRAC page:



Land Trust Alliance Midwest Program

The Land Trust Alliance, Heart of the Lakes and Gathering Waters Conservancy Invite You to: "Ask An Expert--Conservation@Home: Cultivating Landowners in their Natural Habitats." This is a one-hour conference call, Friday, August 1, 2014 | 12:00pm Eastern | 11:00am Central

Discussion Leader: Jim Kleinwachter

Looking for a way to engage landowners who are interested in conserving their land, but whose lands aren't appropriate for a conservation easement? Or a way to cultivate relationships with conservation-minded people who are not yet ready to consider permanent protection options?

The Conservation Foundation created a way to connect with these individuals through Conservation@Home, an innovative program that serves people with deep conservation interests by keeping them involved with backyard conservation. Participating landowners:

  • Receive free advice for creating a backyard habitat that's appealing to wildlife
  • Learn to make their backyard more water efficient
  • Receive formal recognition and certification for their efforts
  • Become ardent supporters of all of the land trust's work!

Come learn how this outreach program can work for land trusts of all sizes, either by adopting Conservation@Home directly or by creating your own backyard program for residential areas . . . or businesses!

Our discussion leader is Jim Kleinwachter, who has been the land protection specialist for The Conservation Foundation since 2004. He quickly realized that a connection to homeowners and business owners was essential to improvement of the environment in their heavily developed territory. He developed the Conservation@Home and Conservation@Work programs to educate and help people in their quest to do things more eco-friendly.

Space is limited, so please register today!

To register for this conference call, please email us your organization name, participant names and email addresses.

Registration closes on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.



Rural Action is currently accepting applications for 26 AmeriCorps positions including numerous watershed restoration positions. There will also be opportunities in environmental education, trail access/building, zero waste, eco-tourism, and capacity building. 

All positions will be a year-long term running from Aug. 11th, 2014- Aug. 10, 2015. Members are provided with a living stipend, on-site training, mileage, health coverage, and end-of-term education bonus or cash award. The option to renew for up to three years is possible. 

This is a great opportunity to get excellent experience in the fields of watershed management, restoration, and sustainable development. Please visit the link below for more information or to apply. 


Feel free to contact Candi Withem, Rural Action's AmeriCorps Program Director, at (740) 767-4938 for more information.




Become a member of the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts and get discounts on trainings as well as policy and program updates! Click on this link.


Ohio land trusts can send an email to Midwest@lta.org to sign up for Ohio listserv (hosted by the Land Trust Alliance).


If you would like to submit a story or an event, email Jenny at washu767@aol.com. She will put it on the website for you!


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.