Our New Name
October 01, 2012 at 9:20 AM
After almost 15 years, Nevada Land Conservancy is becoming Nevada Land Trust. Nevada Land Trust is the same group, with the same dedicated board and staff, the same excellent reputation, and the same proven methods – making just a small change to the organization’s name.
“The name we chose years ago was a wish about what we hoped to be,” said Harry Parsons, Nevada Land Conservancy’s treasurer and one of its founding board members. “Over 41,000 protected acres later, our reality has been even better. We have taken on more challenging land, water, wildlife, and recreation projects. Landowners trust us to listen, speak honestly and clearly, and create the solutions that meet their needs. Agencies trust us to bring people together quickly around natural resource issues and get the job done. Donors trust us to be good and wise stewards of their charitable dollars. It is with the Board’s appreciation to all our partners today and in anticipation of our supporters tomorrow that we become Nevada Land Trust,” said Parsons.
As Nevada Land Conservancy (NVLC), the nonprofit successfully completed eleven property acquisitions on the Truckee River, led the Washoe Valley initiative to protect the Old Winters Ranch, and worked to acquire missing pieces within several of Nevada’s Wilderness Study Areas. World-class wildlife habitat, atop the Granite Range near Gerlach, in Washoe County’s Wall Canyon, and next to Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada, has also been protected thanks to NVLC. After the local Caughlin and Washoe Drive fires, the group hit the ground running to provide emergency stabilization and replanting along Steamboat Creek and in Manzanita Canyon. Among a portfolio of northern Nevada conservation projects, Nevada Land Trust is currently working to protect the 1.76-acre private parcel in the Tahoe Meadows adjacent to Nevada Highway 431.
“In spite of our conservation successes, we’ve often flown under the radar or gotten confused with state agencies and national conservation organizations,” said Alicia Reban, founding Executive Director now sharing the position with Chuck Pope. “We have amazing land protection opportunities before us right now in the Tahoe Basin, all along the Sierra Front, above Winnemucca Ranch, and elsewhere in northern Nevada. We sincerely hope this change will help us better connect to more people who care about the land, water, wildlife, and outdoor recreation in the state of Nevada,” Reban said.”
Nevada Land Trust is Nevada’s first independent land trust, founded in 1998. A land trust is a charitable nonprofit organization that actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements. The organization recently completed its Strategic Conservation Plan, and is pursuing accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission to demonstrate it is meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust and ensuring that its conservation efforts are permanent.