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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.


In Memory of Thomas Quintrell

May 15, 1920-March 3, 2015


Here is a speech from Rand Wentworth, President of the Land Trust Alliance, on which Tom was a National Board Trustee. Tom was awarded the National Land Conservation Excellence Award at the most recent Land Trust Alliance conference. 


Saving Land – President’s Column Fall-2014

The day is April 1, 1945 – Easter Sunday. The place: Okinawa. At the crack of dawn, Tom Quintrell, a tall, 25 year-old from Lakewood, Ohio, went ashore with the 7th Division in the largest Pacific invasion of World War II. By the end of that battle, over 100,000 lay dead. Tom was one of the lucky ones and was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the war, Tom returned home to start a career and raise a family – like thousands of other soldiers. But Tom did something else: he started a land trust. Tom was a founder of the Gates Mill Land Conservancy which, although managed entirely by community volunteers, has protected 38 properties and achieved accreditation. The Conservancy has one quarter of the town’s families as members and the community regularly votes in favor of a tax levy to support their work. This is democracy in action - the very thing which Tom and others fought to defend.

We honor all those who founded a land trust and have provided leadership over many decades. As in World War II, these are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Saving land requires the courage to stand up to those who would destroy the character and beauty of our home towns. They are American heroes who believe that land conservation is the most enduring expression of patriotism.

Tom is part of what has been called the “Greatest Generation." The good news is that there is an equally talented generation of young leaders rising to carry on their work. To prepare this next generation of land trust staff and board leaders, the Land Trust Alliance has created a leadership program which participants regularly describe as “inspiring’ and “life-changing."

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

Sunday, May 10 – Fun Day on the Farm with YSKP

3 – 6 PM, Whitehall Farm, 4627 US 68 North

Food, games, and fun for the whole family with the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse

Nature Meditation Walks

Last Sundays of May - October, 4 – 5 PM

Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center

1075 St. Rt. 343, Yellow Springs

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

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

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.