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Click here to view the Membership Letter as well as the Membership Form.

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

"In 2015, after working together for more than a year, three land trusts (The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County, Ohio, Clinton County Open Lands, Inc., and Southern Ohio Farmland Preservation Association) merged to become one: Cardinal Land Conservancy—one strong regional land trust that works in seven southwest Ohio counties to preserve quality of life in the places you love. The merger integrates our respective assets, expertise, connections and good will for greater reach and effectiveness. This model of expansion and merger of land trusts is successful in northeast Ohio, southern Indiana and throughout the country."

Find out more about Cardinal Land Conservancy at https://www.cardinallandconservancy.org/

You can also visit their Facebook page.


Saturday, March 18— 9a.m.-3p.m.
Clark State Community College, Leffel Lane Campus
570 E. Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45505


Are you considering what to do with your farm or land for the next generation?
You have many options and resources to help facilitate the generational transition,
succession, or transfer of land—and this workshop can get you started down the path to
the solutions that are right for you, your family, and your land.
The workshop will provide you with:

• Several models of farm succession and transition planning to consider

• Family communication strategies to facilitate successful transfer

• Resources to begin developing your plan

• Access to professionals and organizations that can assist you with your plans

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to better assess your situation, articulate goals for the future of your land, and develop a transition plan.


Chris Brunyis, with Ross County Extension, David Marrison, with Ashtabula County Extension,
benefits consultant TBD, and Don Mayor, farm law attorney.


Registration costs $20 per person, and includes lunch. Learn more and register at www.

Questions? Contact Kelly Henderson: kelly@oeffa.org, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 213.

This event is made possible by a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program.

OEFFA • (614) 421-2022 • www.oeffa.orgwww.oeffa.org/facebook www.twitter.com/oeffa

This workshop is presented by:

Borrowing Money Bootcamp

March 14th-16th

National Conservation Training Center

Shepherdstown, WV

The Conservation Finance Network is excited to announce the 2017 Borrowing Money Boot Camp!
Being offered for the first time, this 2.5-day course will help land trust professionals learn the art and
science of borrowing money to finance land and resource acquisition, restoration, and stewardship projects.

This course will help participant organizations—represented by both a staff and board member—to
identify different types of lenders, understand loan terms and repayment strategies, and to assess overall
readiness to borrow money. There will be an emphasis on practical, hands-on tools, lessons from relevant
case studies, and participants will have the opportunity to consult with loan experts on projects or problems from their work. The course is designed to assist conservation professionals and their respective
board members overcome common challenges and enable the organization’s ability to borrow money.
After the training, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program that will
provide technical assistance from an expert practitioner as they begin to incorporate the financing skills
that they’ve learned into the implementation of their organization’s strategic plan and conservation mission.

This training is being held in partnership with The Conservation Fund, The Land Trust Alliance, Resources Legacy Fund and the Open Space Institute. This workshop was made possible through grant support from the Resources Legacy Fund and the USDA Forest Service.

Location: Shepherdstown, West Virginia at the National Conservation Training Center
(approx. 70 miles from Washington D.C.)

Registration: The course is limited to 24 participants, or 12 organizations, on a first-come first-served
basis. Teams of one staff member and one board member will be prioritized.

Tuition: $1200 per organization, or $600 per individual, which includes all meals and lodging.

Travel: Attendees are responsible for covering travel costs associated with the training.

Waitlist and Cancellation Policy: If the class is oversubscribed, a wait list will be established on the
same first-come basis. Once a student has been accepted into the course, cancellation requests will only
be accepted through February 28, 2017, subject to a service fee. If the course is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, tuition will be fully refunded.

Borrowing Money Boot Camp
March 14 - 16, 2017
National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, WV

For additional information, please contact Andrea Ferri at aferri@conservation-finance.org;
or visit www.conservationfinancenetwork.org.

OEFFA's 38th Annual Conference:

Growing Today,

Transforming Tomorrow

Thursday 2/9 - Saturday 2/11

Dayton Convention Center

22 E. 5th St., Dayton, Ohio

Click Here to Register.


Diversity-- Farms and Open Space

The Thomas Sargero Easement in Butler County closed on September 29, 2014. A priority for the Three Valley Conservation Trust since the late nineties and pursued mightily by the Trust's founder Wally Edwards, this easement proved to be both elusive and complicated to complete. The property features 42 acres of tillable land, 8.4 acres of wetlands and 7.23 acres of homestead with an equestrian area, barns and outbuildings. An additional 110 acres are wooded, with many large specimens of hardwood species, and includes a Great Blue Heron rookery, with approximately 100 nests near the northern part of the property along 18,278’ of Four Mile Creek. The easement was funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Public Works Commission.

 Click to find a land trust:  INTERACTIVE Ohio Land Trusts
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If you would like to sign up for colt's listserv, please send an email to Jenny---washu767@aol.com.

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 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.