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Cardinal Land Conservancy Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: To benefit the general public by preserving natural lands and significant habitats, lands suitable for the production of food, timber or other cultivated or natural products, lands creating scenic vistas for public enjoyment, lands with water resources such as rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, bogs and aquifers, and any of the above lands that include important historic or cultural resources. Our primary service area is adams, brown, clermont, clinton, hamilton, highland and warren counties in southwest ohio.

Programs: Conservation land & easement acquisition: clc conserves important and threatened land using all the tools of private, voluntary land conservation. Clc works exclusively with willing landowners to find ways to conserve, forever, the scenic and natural values of the land and water. Landowners donate or sell their land for conservation or a conservation easement. In either case, the conversion of the land to development uses is restricted or eliminated. Clc manages the land under a stewardship plan and, if necessary, legally defends the terms of the conservation easement or the conservation values of its fee lands. Clc also identifies priority conservation lands to purchase, often working with governmental and other funding partners. Further, clc conserves working forests and agricultural land for the purpose of keeping the land in resource production. At year end, clc held conservation easements on 33 properties comprising 4,427 total acres, and owned 6 preserves of 293additional acres.

land stewardship -clc is responsible to protect conservation values and to be a good neighbor and community member for all clc properties. Clc evaluates every property for its conservation value, the threats to these values, and for opportunities to enhance conservation values through responsible management. A formal stewardship plan is developed and implemented based on this analysis to include annual monitoring and assessment as part of an adaptive management framework. Some conservation properties include restoration work to replace lost functions and to increase the conservation value of the property. Volunteers are a vital and growing resource for the stewardship program with individuals and groups of all ages participating in planning and providing service stewarding conserved lands. A stewardship funding strategy, including gift donations during the acquisition process, is an integral part of every new conservation project. Stewardship funds are used to provide for future expenses of restoration, monitoring, enforcing compliance with easement restrictions, and underwriting legal defense of conservation protections for all clc properties. Clc insures the conservation defense of its properties with terrafirma, a land trust risk sharing pool.

public outreach - clc increases awareness about the benefits of private land conservation and the mission of clc. Methods include education and outreach to support conservation in priority areas, targeting technical advisors to landowners, showcasing successful projects to promote conservation and stewardship, and introducing the general public to land conservation through tours and publications.

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Cardinal Land Conservancy became an accredited land trust February 2019, a status that can be renewed every five years. Accreditation means Cardinal Land Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Cardinal Land Conservancy demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate the commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. To learn more about land trust accreditation and the current accreditation status of Cardinal Land Conservancy, visit http//www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.