Climate change

  • Climate change Habitat conservation

    Showing the way: Managing the world’s most biodiverse conifer forests for climate resilience

    By Owen Wozniak December 2

    "We need to protect a large network of lands to prevent a dramatic loss of biodiversity, and we need to conserve and restore lands at scale to help mitigate climate change." — Andrew Bowman, Land Trust Alliance President and CEO

  • Climate change Policy & advocacy

    Revamped reconciliation bill invests in natural climate solutions

    By Chelsea Welch August 13

    In an unexpected move last week, Senate Democrats announced a deal on a budget reconciliation package focused on energy and climate. In fact, if passed, it would be the largest ever federal investment in climate action and has the potential to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030. That’s good news for our planet, and the $369 billion dollar bill, titled the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, also is great in many ways for private land conservation and the land trust community.

  • Climate change

    Re: Climate (2022.04)

    By Kelly Watkinson April 26

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body convened by the United Nations, recently released a new report that takes an in-depth look at climate change mitigation and the possible pathways toward a safe climate future.

  • Climate change

    New coalition supports climate resilience in Maryland

    By Kirsten Ferguson April 19

    In September, land trusts, historical societies and multiple conservation organizations and agencies joined together on the banks of the Patuxent River to announce the formation of the Southern Maryland Conservation Alliance. The coalition’s mission is to conserve and restore Southern Maryland’s landscapes, waterways and shorelines, which are needed to maintain species diversity and wildlife corridors in a changing climate.

  • Climate change

    Realizing the potential of carbon farming

    By Marina Schauffler April 4

    The vast carbon storage potential of natural ecosystems worldwide is just now coming to light, but one local land trust has already spent a decade deliberately increasing the carbon held in its conserved grasslands.

  • Climate change

    Siting solar projects: The right power in the right place

    By Marina Schauffler April 4

    Terri Lane, executive director at the accredited Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, was aware of the important role land trusts can play in clean energy siting, but until recently this was not an immediate concern in her area.

  • Climate change

    Water, water, everywhere

    By Edith Pepper Goltra March 31

    Beginning in August 2017, three catastrophic hurricanes ripped through the Caribbean and struck various parts of the United States. The first of these was Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston with intense winds and 51 inches of rain in less than a week. Throughout the city and surrounding areas, massive flooding ensued.

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    A devastated island

    By Edith Pepper Goltra March 30

    In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, claiming many lives and triggering an economic and humanitarian crisis for the island. When the skies cleared, staff from Para la Naturaleza, a unit of the accredited Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, ventured out to survey the damage on its lands. They found widespread community devastation.

  • Climate change

    Dampening the flames of climate change

    By Tom Springer March 28

    On Oct. 14, when the first autumn snow dusted the streets and mountains around Moscow, Idaho, Lovina Englund did more than enjoy the frosty ambience. After months of perilous heat, lingering smoke and anxious days when every kiln-dry tree felt prone to catastrophe, she breathed a deep sigh of relief. The fire season was finally over.