A Field Guide to Conservation Finance by Story Clark

By Story Clark

Finally, a accomplished ebook on land conservation financing for neighborhood

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Particularly in a small community, there are too many connections and overlapping interests to ensure that board discussions, feasibility interviews with donors, research in the courthouse records, and mapping will stay completely confidential. 1 The Wilson Wetlands Trail became an ideal outdoor laboratory for the nearby Wilson Elementary School.

Appreciation All “investors” in a land trust program, from board to staff to donors to volunteers to businesses to landowners, deserve to and must be thanked for whatever they have done for the organization. Thanking is the opportunity to put the “fun” into fundraising. Good humor, good times, and appreciation are the secret ingredients that bring supporters back again and again to help, to attend events, and to give. The mission of land conservation is the driving force behind support for a land trust, but the important intangibles make the experience enjoyable and the memories worth living again.

They wanted to be part of it. Volunteers can create that buzz in a community as well. m. on the day of the Hardeman Meadows event, despite the snow (which melted by late morning), seventy-five volunteers were hurrying to finish building booths and carting in supplies. Most had arrived much earlier to dig the snow out of their booths. As the event prepared to open, just watching the sea of activity and hearing the sound of staple guns and hammers making ready was exhilarating. Each booth had its memorable moment: the master of ceremonies of the pet show with a very large snake wrapped around his shoulders, the shouts of encouragement from parents as their small children competed on just-crafted (at the hobby-horse booth) stick hobby horses decorated for the rodeo, older children disappearing into the “cattle maze” cleverly designed by a local contractor.

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