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  15 January 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   The unwelcome news arrived in an email on Tuesday afternoon: Joselin Matkins, an accomplished land trust Executive Director from Idaho, took her own life on Friday, January 8th. She was 42 years old.   Land trust director found deceased     I had to...

  22 December 2020   Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves...

  15 September 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   First of all this week, let’s all take a moment to consider the members of our land trust community who are suffering due to the fires in the west. I have received several heartbreaking emails and messages from...

  14 July 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Among the many hats I wore for a time at The Nature Conservancy was that of Volunteer Coordinator. And frankly, I wasn’t very good at it. It always seemed that it took more time to teach and supervise...

  9 June 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I can't write about fundraising this week - I - Just - Can't. Fundraising will be back next week.   I have been interested in recent days and weeks to see all the companies and nonprofits – overwhelmingly white –...

  By David Allen, Development for Conservation   One reader wrote me this week: Corona virus? Do all of us local and regional community-based groups continue on with our plans for spring appeals and renewals? Are we approaching (or already past) a point where major re-thinking is appropriate?...

“Devoted though we must be to the conservation cause, I do not believe that any of us should give it all of our time or effort or heart. Give what you can, but do not burn yourselves out -- or break your hearts. Let us...