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Licking Land Trust, based in Granville, OH, is seeking accreditation
through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and they need comments from people who have worked with them and from peers in the conservation field! Go to http://www.lickinglandtrust.org/publiccomment/ to find out how to comment. Thanks!!



 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. Your story will be posted on the website under the land owner stories tab: http://www.ohiolandtrusts.org/alexander-family-glen-helen/  

- Send 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.

- 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.


DATE:                  Saturday, June 6, 2015

TIME:                  2:00-8:00 P.M.

EVENT:                Annual Gala and Meeting

SPONSOR:          Ohio Wetlands Association

LOCATION:         Home of Ray Stewart, President, Ohio Wetlands Association

                             190 Sipple Avenue

                             Amherst, OH (Lorain County)

DESCRIPTION:   Silent auction; native plant sale; brief Annual Meeting; pot luck dinner (bring a dish); musical entertainment.

TO REGISTER:    https://www.ohwetlands.org/annual-wetlands-gala.html



There are some great LTA Webinars coming up:




For a list of appalachia of ohio events, click here.



Next Generation Conservation Attorneys Webinar


May 19 at 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET on how to deal with fee and CE trespass with attorney Keith Ainsworth (CT) and executive director Tim Seifert (WA).

Use this conference number and URL: 1-888-450-5996, Participant Code: 933095#  Use this link »


Sunday, June 7 – Tecumseh Land Trust Annual Meeting

830 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

Free and open to the Public – fun for the family!

Business Meeting at 2

Refreshments, activities and walk at 3




Fifth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation: Up to 11 CLE credits available

The Fifth Symposium convenes June 11-12, 2015, in Indianapolis. Come experience terrific outdoor activities and meet the local land trusts doing amazing work.

There’s a unique legal symposium coming up that is really worth your time — we invite you to join your expert-level peers at the Alliance’s fifth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation, June 11-12, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Registration for this event ends June 2, so register today.

Explore conservation implications of evolutions in water law and incorporating the value of ecosystem services in legal decision-making. We’ll also gain clarity on the application of impermissible private benefit and private inurement to actual conservation situations from an expert private practice attorney. And there’s more:

  • Hear how the San Juan Preservation Trust speedily prevailed in trespass litigation

  • Explore dilemmas and solutions for old conservation easements

  • Unravel the conundrums around farmland conservation

Ideal for attorneys, senior practitioners and law school faculty, this symposium offers up to 11 CLE credits and is pivotal to ensuring that conservation professionals like you have the most recent information and resources.  

Previous attendees have raved about this event — and it has sold out every year!

The various presentations at the Symposium were of such high quality and so fascinating. I came away feeling like I can’t afford to miss the fifth symposium.”

– Carl Silverstein, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (NC)

Register here: http://www.landtrustalliance.org/conference/fifth-symposium-advanced-legal-topics-land-conservation



The Land Trust Alliance, Heart of the Lakes and Gathering Waters Invite You to

Ask an Expert

Volunteer Programs for Conservation Easement Monitoring

A One-Hour Conference Call

Friday, June 19, 2015 | 12:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Central

Great training from the comfort of your own phone

The Land Trust Alliance, Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy and Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts are pleased to continue our series of Ask an Expert calls that are easy to fit into your busy day. These calls are offered free of charge thanks to generous underwriting by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Carls Foundation and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Discussion Leaders: Dana Wright and Jodi Milske

Volunteers can be tremendous assets in monitoring your conservation easements and monitoring is a great way to engage people in your land trust's work. But before your volunteers take to the field, you need to make sure they're prepared to do high quality work that can stand up to legal and other challenges by giving them the information and training they need . . . and deserve!

Come learn the critical elements of a volunteer program and what pitfalls to avoid. Our experts will help you:

  • Understand what's essential to run a sound volunteer monitoring program
  • Manage risks, from training to field safety to reporting violations
  • Care for and feed your volunteers
  • Determine if your organization has the capacity to use volunteers effectively for monitoring

We will discuss volunteer monitoring programs with two land trust employees who are or have been responsible for monitoring thousands of acres of conservation easement land.

Dana Wright, stewardship coordinator forLegacy Land Conservancy, has been a conservation professional for 14 years, including performing volunteer coordination and environmental restoration for The Nature Conservancy and City of Ann Arbor. She created and directs Legacy's volunteer easement monitoring program.

Jodi Milske has been with Door County Land Trust for 13 years. Until recently, she was responsible for baseline documentation and monitoring of their 69 conservation easements. She previously worked for The Nature Conservancy and the Wisconsin state park system.

Space is limited, so please register today!

To register for this conference call, please email us your organization name, participant names and email addresses. We will send you call-in information.

Registration closes on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

Sunday, July 12 – 25/25 Opening at the Winds Café

Landscape Paintings to celebrate 25 years and the preservation of 25,000 acres

215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

4 – 6 PM

August 3, Seatings 5:30 - 8 – Local Foods Dinner

The Winds Café

September 18, 6 – 10:30 PM – Harvest Auction

Hollenbeck Bayley Center, 275 S. Limestone, Springfield, OH

A great night out on the town!

September 19 – October 11 – Sunflower Art Show

Yellow Springs arts Council, 111 Corry Street

Opening Reception September 27, 1 – 4



Rally 2015 in Sacramento--October 8th-10th, hosted by the Land Trust Alliance

Register today!

Rally is packed with diverse topics, colleagues and friends to learn and share with, and the resources you need to take your conservation skills further.

For more information and to register:



Conservation Defense Network Webinar


November 10 at 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET on finding land divisions in time with associate director Kelly Pohl (MT) and attorney and executive director Carl Silverstein (NC).

Use this conference number and URL: 1-888-450-5996, passcode: 933095# Use this link »


Next Generation Conservation Attorneys Webinar


November 17 at 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET on tradeoffs and considerations on definitions in conservation easements with attorneys Pat Pregmon (PA) and Andy Dana (MT).

Use this conference number and URL: 1-888-450-5996, Participant Code: 933095#  Use this link »





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.