Returning to in-person activities following the COVID-19 shutdown can be an emotional rollercoaster. But joy was the emotion that quickly rose above the rest in New Orleans for Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference.
For nearly 20 years, a New York grant-making program has been quietly funding the work of land trusts across the state. To date the program — called the Conservation Partnership Program — has awarded 1,077 grants totaling more than $25 million to 92 land trusts working in urban, suburban and rural communities in New York.
The Land Trust Alliance is excited to announce Jennifer Miller Herzog as our new chief program officer. Miller Herzog has spent 22 years working in conservation on local, regional, national and binational projects. She was initially hired by the Alliance in 2016 to help launch the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative and was later promoted to Eastern regional director.
The California desert is a strange and beautiful place. Working to keep it that way is the Mojave Desert Land Trust, which recently reached a milestone of conserving 100,000 acres since its founding 15 years ago.
Though we had all hoped to gather in person in Cleveland for Rally 2021, the decision to meet virtually again this year was the right one for the health and safety of our community. Moreover, last year’s first virtual Rally was such a success — with the largest number of attendees in Rally history — that we knew we could offer a compelling experience again. As Land Trust Alliance board Chair Jamey French said in his welcome speech, “The essence of Rally — comradery, education and celebration — is something that we can still enjoy in this virtual format.”