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 Send us a story about a landowner whom your land trust has assisted. Most of the stories already on COLT’s website are about farmland preservation easements and we continue to welcome these. However, we are also interested in 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.

There is not any required format for submitting your stories—please feel free to send stories from your existing materials. Submittals in work files are preferred, but we will work with any file that you provide. Your story will be posted on the website under the land owner stories tab: http://www.ohiolandtrusts.org/alexander-family-glen-helen/  

- Sending us photos related to the story or photos of other properties that you have conserved. If a photo should be credited to someone please provide that information.

- Sending 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 to Jenny at washu767@aol.com).


Sugar shack tour

Sunday, March 15th

Flying Mouse Farms, 100 E. Fairfield Pike, Yellow Springs, OH

Learn about maple syrup production and how an organic farm operates. This is a kid-friendly event! Refreshments will be provided.

*The tour begins at 2pm and storytelling starts at 3pm.

Friday, March 6

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.

Land Trust Alliance – Midwest Program

Ask An Expert Conference Call

Topic – Reaching Younger Audiences

Information and Registration:  Midwest@lta.org



9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

12th Annual Adams County Amish Bird Symposium

Wheat Ridge Amish Community Building

3735 Wheat Ridge Road

West Union, OH  45693

Join the Adams County Travel & Visitors Bureau and the Adams County Amish Community for a day-long celebration of birds that features speakers, vendors, live raptors and other activities.

Featured speaker:  David Mehlman, Director, Migratory Bird Program, The Nature Conservancy

Registration fee of $25 includes light refreshments and lunch. 

Program agenda and registration:  http://adamscountytravel.org/AdamsCountyAmishBirdSymposium.shtml


Small Farm Programs


The agricultural landscape of today is very different than it was 20 years ago. Farms are getting fewer in number and are growing in acreage.  However, one segment of agriclture is growing rapidly.  The "Small Farmer" is a term used for individuals who are practicing agriculture on a very small amount of acreage, usually under 100 acres. These farmers are often new to agriculture and are looking to begin a different lifestyle.  Based on increased information requests from these new and small farm owners, Ohio State University Extension has developed a comprehensive new and small farm ownership and management program.

The Mission of OSU Extension Small Farm Programs:

To provide a greater understanding of production practices, economics of land use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and the identification of sources of assistance for new and small farms in Ohio.

OSU Extension Small Farm Program Objectives:

  • To improve the economic development of small farms in Ohio.
  • To help small farm landowners and families diversify their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new markets.
  • To improve agricultural literacy among small farm landowners not actively involved in agricultual production.

To register for the Small Farm Conferences, click here.



Friday, March 13

6:30 p.m.

Black Swamp Conservancy

4th Annual Blue Grass and Green Acres 2015  

Carranor Hunt and Polo Club

502 East 2nd Street

Perrysburg, OH


Early-Bird Tickets through February 28 - $40

Beginning March 1 - $55


Information and tickets:



March 27, 2015


Villa Milano

1630 Schrock Road

Columbus, Ohio

Presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves in cooperation with Ohio State Parks, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, and The Ohio State University.

Registration and Information:  http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/stay-informed/2015-ohio-botanical-symposium




Appalachia Ohio Alliance’s Annual Trillium Festival


Check out the Land Trust Alliance's 2015 webinar training schedule: 

With a click of a mouse, you can have access to the best minds in the field of conservation, governance,and organizational management without the hassle and expense of travel. Consider gathering your land trust's team to participate in webinars on priority topics for you. For dates, topics, and registration information: https://www.landtrustalliance.org/training/webinars-workshops




Click here to sign up.


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


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


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.