About Cardinal

Cardinal Land Conservancy is a land conservancy in southwest Ohio who's mission is to preserve natural habitats, waterways, agricultural lands, and open space in Southwest Ohio.

We protect and restore natural lands with significant habitats that support native wildlife and create scenic vistas for public enjoyment, as well as agricultural lands suitable for the production of food, timber, or other cultivated or natural products. Cardinal acquires conservation interests in real properties which it then monitors and stewards in perpetuity. These include conservation easements, fee simple title, and other conservation interests which are acquired through donations and purchases guided by, and executed through, Cardinal. Once obtained, Cardinal monitors and otherwise stewards the properties and interests through regular oversight, periodic assessment and, if needed, protective action and legal defense. Our service area includes the Southwestern Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren.

Our Story

In 2015, after working together for more than a year, three land trusts merged to become one. The three previous land trusts were 1) The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County Ohio, 2) Clinton County Open Lands Inc., and 3) Southern Ohio Farmland Preservation Association.

We became one strong regional land trust that works in seven southwest Ohio counties to preserve quality of life in the places you love.

The merger integrates our respective assets, expertise, connections and good will for greater reach and effectiveness. This model of expansion and merger of land trusts is successful in northeast Ohio, southern Indiana and throughout the country.

Cardinal Land Conservancy is now a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt conservation organization, incorporated in September 1999 under the laws of the state of Ohio. Cardinal is a member of the national Land Trust Alliance (LTA), and Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT). Cardinal earned LTA accreditation in 2019 and uses LTA’s “Land Trust Standards and Practices” to guide our work as we grow.

What is a land trust?

Our organization is known as a land trust, a historical term used to describe more than 1200 organizations in the U.S. that work to preserve land for its natural, recreational, scenic, historic or agricultural value.

For more information about the benefits of land conservation.

Our Land Trust Alliance
Accreditation Journey

We proudly announce that on February 27, 2019 Cardinal Land Conservancy became the fifth accredited land trust in Ohio. The Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission works with land trusts across the country to establish standards of excellence, ensuring permanence in the conservation of American lands. This follows a year of diligent effort by our Board and Staff, and years of support from our members, who have helped make us the organization we are today.

"Accreditation is about assuring that our work can live up to the lofty goal of conservation in perpetuity. We find it easier to fully grasp the meaning of perpetuity when we see the excitement of children visiting our preserves. Thinking about the impact these places will have on their lives, that will then be passed on from generation to generation, we can’t help but be inspired to strive to do more — and do it well."

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