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The Land Trust Alliance's 2021 Rally raised defining questions from start to restart.

What makes a land trust earn its trust? 

Digging In: Our Recharge From Rally

Several CFN student writers and members of the editorial team participated in the 2021 Land Trust Alliance Rally. Below, some share their reflections. SESSION: A Necessary Reckoning: Using History to Take Your Conservation Work to the Next Level This session included three panels, each centered on the question of how...
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A Pioneering Environmental Impact Bond for DC Water (Updated)

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) created an innovative municipal bond that covers the downside risk of using green infrastructure to control stormwater runoff. By offloading risk of green infrastructure to investors, the utility created financing for a new approach- and time to get right. Now other...
Becoming expert in conservation finance begins with a succession of mental steps.

Boot camp can mean the start of a long, uphill financial journey. 

Boot Camp Personal Narrative: My First Time Exploring Conservation Finance

I’m someone who has always seen conservation as the work done by field biologists on restoration properties and in wildlife rehabilitation centers. As I sat through sessions on debt and ratios, I couldn’t help but think to myself “are all these numbers really that important?” It turns out: yes they...
Proctor Creek in Atlanta

How does Atlanta's Proctor Creek connect to national water management and worldwide carbon mitigation? The same way conversations about small projects connect to global biodiversity breakthroughs.  / Shawn Taylor / CC BY 2.0 

Conservation Finance Boot Camp: Sharing and Benefiting From Stories of Shared Benefit

How can professionals who devote their lives to sustaining real places connect in virtual space? Judging from the 2021 Boot Camp, pretty intensely. Digital again for the first time, the 2021 Conservation Finance Boot Camp drew over 120 professionals from at least six time zones to learn proven...
A lake in Maine maintains clarity (courtesy Maine.gov)

Maine's freshwater supply benefits from fresh ideas and metrics that flow from partnerships.

Case Studies in Clean Water Investments: A Blueprint for Partnership Evolution

To the question “should partnerships advance water quality?”, many practitioners answer: “Yes, but how exactly?” A survey at the outset of the 2021 New England Roundtable showed 36% of participants were “not sure how to get started” with pursuing water utility partnerships, 39% were “already doing it,” and...