CLC (1) accepts donations of conservation easements from landowners, (2) accepts gifts of land and (3) purchases land.
In 2015, after working together for more than a year, three land trusts merged to become one: Cardinal Land Conservancy—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.
Three Southwest Ohio land trusts become one:
The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County, Ohio
Clinton County Open Lands, Inc.
Southern Ohio Farmland Preservation Association
Strategic Conservation Partner: Cincinnati Nature Center
Using a variety of land protection tools — including the Conservation Easement — land trusts work closely with landowners who wish to legally preserve their lands. Other conservation options offered include Land Donation, and Bargain/Conservation Sale of Land.
More about Cardinal: We are 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.
Our small professional staff are passionate about conservation in Southwest Ohio.
Andy Dickerson, Executive Director
Mark Besserman, Land Steward
Anna Carlson, Office Manager
Cardinal board members come from all over Southwest Ohio. They bring a wide variety of skills, experience, and perspectives that reflect the diversity of the conservation work that we do.
Bill Hopple, President
Jim Meyer, Vice President
Charles Guarino, Treasurer
Patrick Hornschemeier, Secretary
Our Annual reports give you a snapshot of what we are working on and how we are doing financially. For the most up-to-date annual reports, join us for our annual meeting!