Natural Climate Solutions – Vision & Takeaways from RALLY 2019

RALLY is the annual National Land Trust Conference, held this year in Raleigh, N.C., where Land Trust staff and board members from across the U.S. gather to learn about diverse topics, share their knowledge and gain the skills they need to grow their mission.

Grasslands are the fastest disappearing habitat in the U.S. Yet they are second only to forests in their ability to capture and store carbon. We need to conserve and restore 1.7 million acres of grassland a year to achieve the carbon limits set by the Paris Climate Agreement.

That’s why GBT is embarking on an ambitious plan to greatly expand grassland conservation across the U.S. by forging strategic partnerships with government agencies, other land trusts, organizations and stakeholders across the country.

“We’re working to build a national coalition for grassland conservation,” said Laurie LaFond, GBT’s Executive Director. “We spoke to potential partners at RALLY and there’s a lot of interest. We’re already scheduling meetings.”

She said GBT plans to continue to acquire and permanently protect more critical grassland habitat. They are also developing new conservation tools for landowners and companies who want to help conserve birds.

PHOTO: GBT Board Member Paloma Spina (left), Board Secretary Scott Pulver (middle) and Executive Director Laurie LaFond (right) joined nearly 2,000 of their colleagues at RALLY in October. They came away inspired to take GBT’s conservation program to the next level!

Special thanks to Connie Hasko for donating air miles and hotel points so Scott could attend, and to Paloma for donating her air miles to GBT!