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Colt's annual meeting will take place march 29th and 30th, 2019. normally, the meeting takes place in the fall, but because lta's rally is in october, it will be in the spring. We encourage colt members to attend the rally. for more information about rally 2018, visit:  http://alliancerally.org/


Collaborative Leadership

Strengthen Your Ability to Lead and Collaborate

A One-Day Leadership Development Opportunity

To address complex conservation and environmental goals often requires high levels of collaboration. Whether you are a director or a manager, if you work collaboratively – in a partnership, collaboration, coalition, network, alliance, or even across departments within your organization – you know well the opportunities and challenges of working together effectively.

This leadership training will strengthen your ability to accomplish your collaborative goals. Join with a small group of environmental and conservation leaders for a highly interactive learning opportunity to build your leadership skills.  You will walk away with new insights, tools, and approaches to apply directly to your work, as well as with new peer relationships to fuel your ongoing learning and success.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Monday, October 22nd through 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 23rd

 WHERE: Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Center in Woodstock, IL (60 miles northwest of Chicago, 40 miles from O’Hare International Airport)

 WHO: This training is for all staff and volunteer leaders who work in a collaborative setting, whether it is through nonprofits, businesses, the government, or across multiple sectors. It may be especially attractive for key staff who support community engagement or advocacy efforts, and for new or emerging leaders.

 COST: $350 Early Bird Registration (apply by June 29th), $500 Regular Registration (apply by July 20th)

Cost includes overnight accommodations for the night of Monday, October 22nd, meals and snacks, materials, and facilitated instruction to help you strengthen your collaborative leadership skills.

 REGISTER: To register and for more info, visit the Collaborative Leadership registration page here.

Please note that you will be invoiced for the registration total after completing the form. Registration is not guaranteed until payment is received. Also, registration is first come, first served – limited to only 25 leaders, so act fast!

Click here to learn about the latest COLT news from Rob Krain, COLT's Steering Committee Chair.

Please feel free to share the document below 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."


Farm Bill News

(From the Land Trust Alliance's website)

Farm Bill Ready for Conference!

June 29th, 2018

June 2018 was a busy month for the Farm Bill — and that makes us hopeful reauthorization can beat a Sept. 30 deadline.

On June 21, the U.S. House of Representatives re-introduced its version of the bill and passed it by an extremely close 213-211 vote. Also during the month, the Senate Agriculture Committee introduced a bill, marked it up, took it to the floor and yesterday passed it, 86-11. Next step: conference committee!

With many of our community's recommendations reflected in both bills, we are in a good position for conference. Both bills include some of our highest priorities, including removing Agriculture Land Easement plans as part of the minimum deed terms, allowing landowner donations to satisfy match requirements and granting certified entities the ability to write their own deed terms.

While the Land Trust Alliance prefers the House funding of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program at $500 million per year, both bills include increases from the program's current level of $250 million per year. As a result, we will continue to work with Congress to underscore the importance of easement programs that keep working lands in working hands and directly contribute to our economy. In addition, we will work to resolve ongoing differences between the two bills.

One such difference is that the House bill grants the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to wave the adjusted gross income limitation for ACEP while the Senate bill does not. In addition, the Senate reduces the AGI limitation from $900,000 to $700,000 for all Farm Bill programs. We will fight against a reduction of the AGI limitation and to advocate for a waiver for ACEP. For more about Alliance recommendations and a comparison of the bills, click here(link is external).

Although there is still a lot of work ahead of us before the Farm Bill is reauthorized, we'd like to extend a huge thanks to all our members and supporters who helped us get this far. Now is the time to reach out to your members of Congress that voted in support of the bills and say thank you. (Review the House vote here(link is external) and the Senate vote here(link is external).)

Lori Faeth is government relations director for the Land Trust Alliance.

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.