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Land Trusts large and small are encouraged to seek accreditation as a way to strengthen their land trust, get their documentation in order, and have better systems for success. registration for 2017 first-time applicants is now open!


·         If you are working with land trusts that are or may be ready for register for a first-time application in 2017 please direct them to our registration page*, which has all the information they need to get started. (*Registration is open now through June 15, 2016.)

·         If your land trusts are looking for help talking internally about why accreditation is a great idea, the Alliance has a new information piece with stories from accredited land trusts about how accreditation has transformed and strengthened their organizations. Download >>

·         If your land trusts are looking for a quick checklist on whether the time is right, direct them to the “Are You Ready” checklist. Download >>

·         Also, I will be hosting a webinar on May 19 (3pm Eastern) to highlight the changes in the 2016 Requirements ManualRegister Here >>


As always, if you have any questions please give me a call.





Melissa Kalvestrand

Associate Director for Reviews

Land Trust Accreditation Commission

36 Phila Street, Suite 2

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Phone: 518-587-3143

Fax: 518-587-3183


Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series

2016 Guide Now Available

Do you want to learn about sustainable beekeeping, bio-char, profitable poultry production, raising high quality grass-fed beef, or improving your forages? Would you like to enjoy a leisurely stroll through organic fields and pastures and visit with farm animals? Or take a farm stand with an organic farmer threatened by pipeline development?

You'll have opportunities to do all this and more during OEFFA's 21 summer farm tours and workshops, which are part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Meet knowledgeable local farmers ready to share their wisdom, and experience sustainable agriculture

up close during these farm tours:

Tuesday, June 7: Take an Organic Farm Stand TourBluebird Farm, Harrison Co.

  • Saturday, June 25: Pasture-Raised, Rotationally Grazed Livestock Farm Tour—Pastured Providence Farmstead, Ross Co.
  • Saturday, July 9: Historic Farm Tour and Biochar WorkshopGorman Heritage Farm, Hamilton Co.
  • Saturday, July 9: Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour and WorkshopStratford Ecological Center, Delaware Co.
  • Friday, July 15: Quality Forage for Dairy Operations Farm TourHeckman Family Dairy, Darke Co.
  • Saturday, August 13: Quality Hay and Grass-Fed Beef Farm TourWood Farm, IN
  • Friday, August 19: Organic Compost Farm TourHirzel Canning Company and Farms, Wood Co.
  • Friday, September 16: On-Farm Research Farm TourCrumrine Farms, Ashland Co.
  • Saturday, October 11: Pasture-Raised Multi-Species Livestock Farm TourSweet Grass Dairy, Knox Co.

Develop your production skills and gain important food safety knowledge during these practical on-farm workshops:

  • Saturday, June 11: Loin Eye Carcass Ultrasound ScanningThe Spicy Lamb Farm, Summit Co.
  • Monday, June 20: Find Your Path to Clean Water: Food Safety Water Quality Standards and Testing Protocols for Produce GrowersMTSO's Seminary Hill Farm, Delaware Co.
  • Friday, June 24: Raising the Steaks: Finishing the Finest Beef on GrassWhite Clover Farm, Highland Co.
  • Friday, August 5: Profitable Poultry in Motion: Maximizing Performance From Your Pastured FlockBreakneck Acres, Portage Co.
  • Thursday, September 22 and November 10: Season Creation: Pay for Your High Tunnel in Six Months Harvesting Food Through the WinterMustard Seed Market at Highland Square, Summit Co., Gorman Heritage Farm, Hamilton Co.

  Visit with OEFFA member farms during these annual open houses:

  • Saturday, June 11: Snowville Creamery and Find A Way Farm, Meigs Co.
  • Sunday, June 26: Sunny Meadows Flower Farm, Franklin Co.
  • Sunday, September 18: Carriage House Farm, Hamilton Co.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated in the series brochure.


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.

Licking Land Trust Earns National Recognition

Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence

Granville, OH --  (March 4, 2016) – The Licking Land Trust, a non-profit organization committed to conserving and protecting greenspace and natural areas in and around Licking County, today announced it has achieved national accreditation – a mark of honor in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, affirming its confidence that the Licking Land Trust lands will be protected forever.

Accredited land trusts across the country have permanently conserved more than 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas that are vital to healthy, vibrant communities. Licking Land Trust has helped to protect nearly 1200 acres of open space in central Ohio.

Doug Spieles, Chair of the Licking Land Trust’s all-volunteer Board, noted that “Receiving accreditation is an honor of the highest order, and signals that our organization meets exceptional national standards of performance and trustworthiness. The hard work we have put into this process over the past 10 years has made us a stronger, more effective, and mission-driven organization that is well-equipped to serve our community and the cause of conserving land.” 

The Licking Land Trust, founded in 1989, works to preserve wetlands, woods, farmlands, riparian corridors, and scenic vistas.  For instance, in collaboration with other organizations, the Trust has worked to conserveacreage along Raccoon Creek – helping to protect water quality and prevent erosion – and to restore and preserve the Spring Valley Nature Preserve.  In addition to monitoring 1000+ acres of conserved land, in the past year the Trust participated in events such as Dawes Arbor Day, and Turn Off Your Screen week.  The Trust also hosted the hugely successful “Farm to Fork” fundraiser, featuring  locally sourced foods and a silent auction.

Mike Mickelson, LLT vice chair and leader of our Accreditation Team added, “Over the years, many of our board members have contributed steadily to our progress along this path, and none more so than our late colleague Don Wiper.  The achievement of Land Trust Alliance accreditation is a real tribute to Don’s vision for the LLT, and we are permanently in his debt for his leadership and determination.”

Licking Land Trust joins the 379 other land trusts nationwide (out of a total of 1700) that have achieved the accreditation credential.  “It is exciting to recognize Licking Land Trust with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Together, accredited land trusts stand united behind strong national standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever."

The Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.  More information about land trust accreditation can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org




Click here to read about COLT's accomplishments.

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 Click to find a land trust:  INTERACTIVE Ohio Land Trusts
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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.


 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: http://www.ohiolandtrusts.org/alexander-family-glen-helen/  

- 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.