Land Trust Alliance Bestows Awards at Annual Conference

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Conservation Leaders Recognized During Rally 2018 in Pittsburgh

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Each of these four winners have made their communities and their nation a better place.

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, is bestowing multiple awards this week during its annual conference in Pittsburgh.

“There are many ways to make a difference,” said Andrew Bowman, the Alliance’s president. “Each of these four winners have made their communities and their nation a better place. On behalf of the entire land conservation community, I extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation.”

Honorees recognized at Rally 2018, the nation’s premier gathering for conservation leadership and training, include:

  • Newtown Forest Association in Newtown, Connecticut, with a National Land Trust Excellence Award. The steadfast dedication of the land trust’s board and other volunteers to preserving forests, agricultural lands, nature preserves, watersheds and other open-space lands is a testament to their contribution to the land trust movement.
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust of Valparaiso, Indiana, with a National Land Trust Excellence Award. Their work covers six counties in northwestern Indiana, helps large populations of the under-served and conserves a vast spectrum of biodiversity. Their board and staff are continuously evolving the way they engage volunteers and community.
  • Montana Land Reliance of Helena, Montana, with a President’s Award. Through its work and dedication, Montana Land Reliance has had an incredible impact on conservation in Montana, across the West and the entire nation. It has conserved more than 1 million acres and serves as a prominent advocate for federal conservation-friendly policy.
  • Andy Bicking, director of public policy at Scenic Hudson in Poughkeepsie, New York, with the Ambassador Award. As a highly effective advocate at the federal, state and local levels on a broad range of land conservation and environmental issues, Bicking is a first-rate advocate.

Awards to Newtown Forest Association and Shirley Heinze Land Trust were bestowed Oct. 11 during a welcoming dinner. Montana Land Reliance and Bicking received awards Oct. 12 at the opening session of Rally 2018. More information about Rally is available at alliancerally.org. Rally 2018: The National Land Conservation Conference continues through Oct. 13 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at http://www.landtrustalliance.org.

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