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Dear Colleagues,

Please feel free to share this document with your local legislators.  It is important they support policies that forward the work of our local land trusts.

Click Here for the PDF Document, "A Platform for Land Conservation in Ohio."

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2018 Farm Bill

From the Land Trust Alliance:

The Farm Bill conservation programs, taken in total, are the largest single federal source of funding for private land conservation. Farm bill programs create significant opportunities for land trusts to protect high-priority farm and ranch lands, grasslands, wetlands and forests. The programs provide matching funds to conservation partners, so federal investments go further to protect America’s productive land.

The 2014 Farm Bill will be reauthorized for 2018. The Land Trust Alliance is committed to securing a Farm Bill that streamlines existing conservation programs, gets more land protected and, most importantly, secures $500 million for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.

The Alliance was a significant and successful advocate on Capitol Hill when the most recent Farm Bill was passed in 2014. To benefit our 1,000 member land trusts, the Alliance will again play a major role in developing the next Farm Bill. Because the Farm Bill is a top priority for the Alliance, Wendy Jackson, our executive vice president, and Lori Faeth, our government relations director, are leading the Alliance’s exceptional strategic thinking and day-to-day tactics. *(View the Alliance's Farm Bill recommendations(link is external).)*

Our agenda for the Farm Bill was developed collaboratively with our members and reflects their extensive and valuable input. Our members’ priorities are our priorities. We will continue to involve our members throughout the legislative process, which is likely to prove lengthy and dynamic. Together with many land trust professionals who are eager to make a difference on Capitol Hill, the Alliance will achieve the best possible result for land conservation across the United States.

It's time to start lobbying for the Farm Bill! The current bill will expire in September 2018. Click here to read "Saving Farm Bill Conservation Easement Programs."


LTA RALLY 2018--October 11-13, 2018

For more information: 

Rally 2018


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)


LAND TRUST ALLIANCE ADVOCACY DAYS

April 9-11 | Washington, D.C.

It might not seem obvious given the daily headlines, but 2018 presents a lot of opportunity for your land trust on Capitol Hill:

  • For one, the Farm Bill — the single biggest source of funding for private land conservation — is up for reauthorization.
  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which helps protect important places across our nation, expires this year.
  • Plus, it is time to halt conservation easement tax shelters once and for all and HR 4459, The Charitable Conservation Easement Integrity Act, presents a tremendous opportunity to get the job done. It is time to elevate the voices of the land trust community and advocate on behalf of land conservation across our nation.

That is why we are excited about Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days 2018! I hope you — or a representative from your land trust — will join us on Capitol Hill, April 9-11, to personally make the case for land conservation with your elected members of Congress. 

Register Here:

2018 Advocacy Days

Advocacy Days provides land trust leaders with hands-on advocacy experience and facilitates relationships with legislators in order to build political influence for the land trust community. Events include an issue briefing with inspiring speakers and a networking reception on Capitol Hill.

Whether you are a land trust staff member, a volunteer board member, a Capitol Hill veteran or a first-timer, Advocacy Days is for you. Over the course of three days, you will:

  • See and hear the latest policy discussions in Washington, D.C., build influence for land trusts nationally and have the opportunity to network with your colleagues.
  • Discover just how easy — and gratifying — it is to be a powerful advocate for your land trust with your elected officials.
  • Help us identify partners and friends who have a special interest for policy and can travel to Washington, D.C. to join us.

There is no cost to attend Advocacy Days, but travel arrangements must be paid by participants. Discounted hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, please contact Robert Schwartz, Ambassador Program Manager at rschwartz@lta.org or call 202-800-2227.




The 2017-2018 MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN is UNDERWAY!

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR BECOME A NEW MEMBER Today!

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

COLT

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


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GET INVOLVED

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.


SEND US STORIES!

 Send us a story about a landowner that your land trust has assisted or someone you know that has a preserved farm. We are interested in stories about farm preservation easements as well as non-farm easement stories. All of these stories help COLT as we continuously need to show the beneficial impact of the memberships’ work in order to successfully advocate for public funding programs.

 -Send stories from your existing materials. Your story will be posted on the website under the land owner stories tab.


- Send us photos related to the story. If a photo should be credited to someone please provide that information.

- Send us on-going information about events to post as content on our facebook page. These can be about your own events, e.g. information about your annual fundraiser, or a link to media content about a recently closed easement, or links to land conservation-related events offered by you or others in your part of the state. 

Please send your stories or event info to Jenny at washu767@aol.com.