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The Secret Weapon to Healthier Soil

Watch this short video about covers and how they help farmers and farmland.

Cover crops, an age-old farming strategy, can help boost soil health, protect water sources, and create fields that are more resilient to climate change. Watch how…

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Land Trust Community Conversations

$500 grant: From classrooms to communities

Leia Lowery, Director of Programs and Outreach for the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and the Climate Initiative, has alerted me to opportunities for land trusts to tap into their climate curriculum and partner with their communities.

The Climate Initiative is offering $500 to the first 10 land trusts interested in holding community climate change conversations. 

They believe youth can — and do — lead, and have developed and tested the curriculum. Check out the videos, articles, and resources — and email Leia if you’d like to learn more or host a program. This could be a great way to partner with area schools, teachers, and your community.

You can find out the details on the website and email Leia Lowery.

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Climate Change Pilot Project

We can make sure that solar developments are installed and managed to benefit farm and ranch viability, soil health, wildlife habitat, and water management.

South Kingstown Land Trust was invited by the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resource Center (CRC) to participate in a pilot project to investigate how climate change could impact land trusts — whether impacts to our land holdings themselves or to our priorities for preservation.

For Rhode Island, the likely effects of climate change will include sea-level rise and increases in air and water temperature, precipitation, and storminess. The study was funded by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council…

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Climate Summit

Local action, national purpose

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The 11th annual American Climate Leadership Summit 2022 (ACLS 2022) brings together world-class speakers and diverse national and local leaders for four days of sharing and collaboration. It is the only national convening exclusively dedicated to building broad public support and political resolve for climate action. ACLS 2022 welcomes climate leaders of all levels — particularly those who are new and active at the local level.

Join thousands of leaders like you who seek new connections and practical and immediately actionable guidance for engaging everyone, every day for just and equitable climate solutions. A special thanks to the Land Trust Alliance for helping to spread the word. If you are a member of the Alliance, this conference is free (use the code ACLS22LTA).

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Climate change conversation: Global issues, community response

Talking about climate change on a community level is important if we want to make a difference.

Climate change is a multi-faceted issue that requires a diversity of approaches to address. It impacts our natural environment, our relationships with the land, and our relationships with each other.

The speakers will present different perspectives on how climate change is impacting our region, some of the challenges it presents, what to expect, and what we can do on a community level to mitigate and adapt to the changing environment… We expect them to talk about solar and farm viability, climate justice, and climate impacts on plants in northern Vermont.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022; 6 p.m. EST

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Nature's best hope

Addressing climate change through land conservation and land stewardship

Providing local people ways to be part of the climate solution is increasingly important to offsetting the feeling of climate doom. To do so we have to be authentic, credible, creative, and inclusive.

Kestrel Land Trust is hosting a speakers series designed to empower local action around habitat conservation and climate change.

On Thursday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, there will be a 60-minute online presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Bring your curiosity and questions!

This program is the second of Kestrel’s 2022 Ecological Solutions for Climate Change Speaker Series.

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Building A Resilient Future Together

Climate change and community conservation

Check out this short video about a community grappling with climate change and how a land trust is helping to lead from behind.

Oftentimes, land trusts find it challenging to lead from behind and connect the work of conservation and climate change to the communities they serve. This video does a very good job of showing the impact of listening, responding, and leading from behind.

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Poppy For Peace
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Here’s how Americans can donate to help people in Ukraine

If you'd like to help Ukrainians, you can find ideas here.

“Across the country, many Americans are desperate to support Ukraine as its people try to fend off a Russian invasion that has left hundreds dead, thousands homeless and millions fearful of what could become of their country in the weeks ahead…”

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The surprising downsides to planting trillions of trees

Large tree-planting initiatives often fail — and some have even fueled deforestation. There’s a better way.

On November 11, 2019, volunteers planted 11 million trees in Turkey as part of a government-backed initiative called Breath for the Future. In one northern city, the tree-planting campaign set the Guinness World Record for the most saplings planted in one hour in a single location: 303,150.

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Solar Symposium

Virtual Solar Symposium

I thought you might appreciate the upcoming Solar and Wildlife/Natural Resources Symposium from December 1st – 3rd. It's remote; they will share recordings after the sessions if you are busy during that time. There's a very interesting mix of speakers and topics. American Farmland Trust, Defenders of Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Audubon Society, and American Solar Grazing Association are presenting, to name a few. 

Dual-use solar is increasingly recognized as a way to accelerate climate “mitigation” (slowing down) while enhancing farm and ranch viability, soil health, and water management.

For many people in the conservation field, as well as community members, this perspective and the supporting data require a paradigm shift.

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