Healthy communities

  • Habitat conservation Healthy communities

    Protecting our own little piece of the planet

    By Corey Himrod November 23

    Private land conservation provides a means for Americans of all backgrounds to save the places they need and love through personal initiative, landowner empowerment and charity — something we’re extremely thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  • These projects seek to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and its cultural significance

    By Corey Himrod November 4

    Some incredible environmental and cultural preservation projects are being carried out by land trusts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Family farms and ranches Healthy communities

    Maine Farmland Trust urges action on "forever" chemicals

    By Kirsten Ferguson October 7

    The accredited Maine Farmland Trust and other groups, in order to support action on “forever” chemicals (or PFAS), established a relief fund to help Maine farmers cover the costs of testing, income loss and mental health support.

  • Clean water Healthy communities

    Urban equity in the face of aging infrastructure

    By Land Trust Alliance September 7

    “This is community impact, with land as the medium.” — ISAAC ROBB, Western Reserve Land Conservancy

  • Clean water Healthy communities

    Building back better after a drinking water disaster

    By Land Trust Alliance August 29

    “A water utility, a land trust and a community group is a powerful coalition.” — ANGIE ROSSER, West Virginia Rivers Coalition

  • Healthy communities

    We can transform lives

    By Jay Loschert May 26

    How often do you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, feeling anxious or cranky? For high school students in Montezuma Land Conservancy's summer Agriculture Immersion Program in Colorado, our daily morning "circle up" time provides a chance to voice those feelings in a safe, supportive environment.

  • Healthy communities

    Creating trails for all

    By Marc Smiley May 26

    In the heart of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust developed several layers of partnership to create several layers of conservation benefit in Highland Glenn near Bozeman, Montana.

  • Healthy communities

    Promoting healthy lifestyles through the outdoors

    May 26

    Working in the shadow of one of the best medical facilities in the country — in a county with some of the worst health statistics in the nation — Dr. Mark Wilson, director of the Jefferson County Department of Health in Birmingham, Alabama, knew he needed to focus on prevention.

  • Healthy communities

    Healing the mind through gardening

    By Chris Soto May 23

    Long-time gardener Gerldine Wilson is passionate about the new initiatives of Grassroots Gardens WNY to provide accessibility and opportunities for healing through gardening. “I am personally invested in making sure we knock down as many barriers to gardening as we can. Therapeutic gardening is a ‘save your life skill,’ which has been very underestimated.”

  • Healthy communities

    New York property adds to "wilderness" walk

    By Kirsten Ferguson April 14

    A prominent forested property on the Shawangunk Ridge in New York’s Catskill Mountains is now permanently protected thanks to a recent purchase by the Open Space Institute. The 228-acre property in the town of Mamakating, the former site of a well-known Catskills resort known as “Shawanga Lodge,” was once planned for a casino development. OSI’s $1.7 million acquisition is adjacent to five popular recreational trail systems and to the 3,300-acre Bashakill Wildlife Management Area.