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.

(Photo: Provided by Stan Lockwood)

(Photo: Provided by Stan Lockwood)

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.

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 CLC: We are a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt conservation organization, incorporated in September 1999 under the laws of the state of Ohio. CLC is a member of the national Land Trust Alliance (LTA), and Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts (COLT). CLC uses LTA’s "Land Trust Standards and Practices" to guide our work as we grow.

What we do: To preserve the natural lands and farmlands of southwest Ohio.  CLC (1) accepts donations of conservation easements from landowners, (2) accepts gifts of land and (3) purchases land.

Why our work is important: We fill the need for an organization in southwest Ohio that is dedicated to land conservation. CLC advises landowners about the variety of ways available to preserve their lands, and helps them achieve their conservation goals.