Land Conservancy Looks to the Future —
Members: The summer of
2015 brought us closer to making the Land Conservancy viable for the long term.
We have worked diligently to build a strong, solid foundation for our
future conservation work.
We seek to
grow from an all-volunteer land trust to one led by an executive director to
expand our mission to the Southwest Ohio region by absorbing two additional
land trusts; and
to get help from Cincinnati Nature
Center as a strategic conservation partner.
We are encouraged
by the positive responses we received from Members when we announced our plans
for the future in a mailing in early May. At the Spring Meeting on May 22, we
further elaborated on our efforts. Today, the transition is ongoing—a
work in progress. Efforts are underway now to attract the all-important funding
needed to support our expanded mission.
We would like to
share with you some of the reasons to grow our mission—
increase capacity to protect more family lands, farms and neighborhood
greenspaces, we need support for our volunteer efforts. With a professional
day-to-day operation, we can protect more of our precious land and water
to ensure the Land Conservancy’s permanence. We expect to work with more
landowners, and hold and steward more Conservation Easement-protected
lands and farms.
Easements are forever! We will confidently honor our commitment to landowners
to monitor and enforce the CEs protecting their properties, and hold
future owners to the terms of the easements.
How it all started
Early on, we
recognized that the Land Conservancy needed help to accomplish our goal to
grow to better serve Hamilton County. We contracted with Larry Frimerman,
an experienced land trust professional, to advise us. Through this effort, we
attracted the interest of Cincinnati
Nature Center (CNC) in Milford. This
long-established organization soon committed to being a strategic partner,
providing a solid backing for our effort. And soon, CNC will provide an office
for our organization.
Three become one strong voice
opportunity to bring in two more all-volunteer land trusts that share our
vision, we agreed to a merger.
July, we became a regional land trust that brought the merger of Clinton County Open Lands (green on map) and Southern Ohio
Farmland Preservation (pink) into the Land Conservancy (gold). The merger
integrates our respective assets, expertise, connections and good will for
greater reach and effectiveness. Our goal is to become one strong voice for protection
of our region’s great natural heritage.
reach will be expanded into unserved (blue) and underserved counties in
Southwest Ohio. This model of expansion and merger
of land trusts is
successful in NE Ohio, southern Indiana and throughout the country.
Councils at work
To continue to
support active land conservation in each area, four Local Councils (see
map) will be established. Hamilton County will have its own Council that
will meet regularly. Our work will focus on protecting and monitoring
lands in Hamilton County.
soon: a new name!
After much reflection, the merged organization
will be renamed Cardinal Land Conservancy, in honor of the state bird of Ohio. Revised graphics are being
prepared—you will see a new look in upcoming mailings.
Our future needs you
As a Member, you
are the backbone of our organization, and will continue to be. The new Board of
Directors will include three members of the Land Conservancy’s current Board.
They are Roland Johnson (named President), attorney Tim Mara and Eric Russo, Executive
Director of The Hillside Trust.
new mission evolves, we will share our progress with you.
Local Councils will support active land conservation
that protects quality of lifein 7 SW Ohio counties