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The Countdown is On | Initial Podcast Coming Soon

As the countdown clock on the side of my blog indicates, there is less than one month until my peregrinations begin.   My itinerary needs to be updated, and there are a few more land trusts I still need to contact, but for the most part everything is falling into place.

Each of the land trusts I have contacted has been wonderfully enthusiastic about my plans to visit with them.   My coworkers have also been very helpful and supportive (but maybe they are just happy to get rid of me for two months).

Yesterday I recorded my first interview with Jessica Schley.   Jessica is an American Studies and Conservation and Resource Studies double major at UC Berkeley.   Her internship was with the Public Policy department here at the Alliance.   She has a powerful passion for land conservation that emanates from her connection to her family’s ranch in California.

After talking with her, she turned the tables and asked me a number of questions.

I plan to get the podcast up this weekend.

May 1, 2009   No Comments

So Many Land Trusts, So Little Time

I get nervous when I share my sabbatical plans with others these days.

Why? Because often people will have a list of land trusts that I just have to visit. There are just so many great land trusts out there, and everyone wants to add their favorite(s) to my list.

I could spend my entire sabbatical visiting just one region (or in some cases just one state) and still not get to meet with all the great land trusts in the area. But of course I set an ambitious schedule for myself to get from Maine to Montana. That means there is a lot of driving that takes away from my time visiting land trust (and, regrettably, adds to my carbon footprint). It does allow me to visit some places that are important to me, and to meet with a large variety of land trusts along the way.

My plans are coming together, so please keep an eye on my itinerary.

So I apologize if I don’t make it to your land trust, or to your favorite land trust.

March 25, 2009   No Comments