Google Adwords:

Google Grants is up and running.  We have ads and keywords on Google Adwords and tweaking the ads and words to try and make it pay. The program gives us up to $330 per day ($10,000 per month) in clicks for FREE!

Free Google Checkout:

Google has waived transaction fees for Google Grants recipients on Google Checkout but, for now, only through the end of 2010. We will receive 100% of the donations paid for through Google Checkout.

The Dare!

Go ahead, I dare you! Donate a dollar.

Here’s the offer, if at least 50 different people donate at least $1 each through Google Checkout by 11:59 pm on 12/31/2010, I will  . . .

If at least 100 donate, I will _________

If at least 250 donate, I will _________

If at least 500 donate, I will _________

and, if at least 1000 donate I will ________________

Okay, I’m still working on the dare part.  I’m looking for your suggestions.

Contact us and let us know what you’d like to see me do.



LCAT was asked to provide possible assistance to advocates in the Town of Acton in their quest to save the Caouette-Simeone Farm which is off Stow and Maple Streets in South Acton and includes much of Mill Pond and a part of the Rail Trail .  Currently a working farm, the property, which consists of approximately 15.2 acres of arable land.

The Caouette-Simeone Farm (”C-S Farm”) land was place under agreement for purchase and sale by the owners to a residential housing developer.  Because the land is under the protection of Massachusetts General Laws chapter 61A (agricultural protection), the Town of Acton retained a right of first refusal to purchase the land under the same terms as the developer.  In April, 2010, the Town of Acton, Massachusetts Town Meeting voted to approve the allocation of $1m in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds in order make the purchase. Subsequently, an appraisal and environmental studies were conducted.  Due to market and environmental clean up issues, the property value was appraised at $830,000 (down from an original $1.08 million).  By law, CPA funds cannot be used in excess of an appraisal.  Moreover, it is estimated that environmental cleanup costs could be up to $200,000, plus additional environmental testing costs of $34,000 and extension fees of $22,500.Acton voters approved the purchase of the Caouette-Simeone land in South Acton by a wide margin at the special Town Meeting Oct. 25, preserving the land for open space rather than allowing homes to be built on the property.

Two articles on the Town Meeting warrant requested a total of $426,500 to be allocated from the town’s general fund for the purchase and environmental remediation of the  property. Both articles were approved. The first, requesting $170,000 toward the $1 million land purchase, was approved with 381 to 43 votes. The second article, funding the cleanup of small portions of the land and negotiation extension fees, was approved unanimously.

The remainder of the land purchase price, $830,000, will be funded by the town’s Community Preservation Act funds as approved by Town Meeting in April.


Warren Woods, 120-140 acres of pristine farmland and woodland, is currently part of the Warren Conference Center owned by Northeastern University. The land was formerly the farm and homestead of Henry and Edith Warren. Henry Warren is credited with being the “Father of Electric Time” and was an entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist, lover of nature, and a gentleman to all who knew and worked for him. Some of the Henry Warren’s land was donated to Northeastern University at the time of his death in 1957; the remainder was gifted to the university in 1967 by Henry’s wife Edith. The donations were made with provisions for preservation of the land; however, those provisions have since expired and Warren Woods was in danger of being sold for development.

After more than 18 months of work, the Ashland community was able to secure an agreement from Northeastern University for the purchase of the land for $5 million dollars, part of which to be paid out of the Community Preservation Act fund and part of which to be bonded. On Monday, November 29, 2010, the Ashland Town Meeting approved the purchase.

LCAT is proud to say it was there at the beginning of this battle. We helped advise a core group of advocates to help them build a coalition.

In the future, we hope to bring more to the table when these battles occur. We can only do that with help from donors.


LCAT is partnering with the The Turtle Love Company (“TLC”), which is based in Maine, to bring you great gift ideas. 10% of every purchase you make at the TLC will be donated back to LCAT. Just use promo code LCATRUST at checkout.

TLC is a member of 1% for the Planet and donates 1% of its sales to 1% for the Planet non-profit members – that’s us.

Turtle Love is an online retailer of artisan jewelry. They seek to:

  • support the work of independent artisans: the arts enhance our human experience.
  • actively participate in our local community: we all benefit from the wealth of creativity around us.
  • make ecologically-sound and socially responsible choices: the actions we take and the things we have are a reflection of our values.
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They feature talented artisans with beautiful work – ideal gifts in this holiday season.

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We love our graphically-rich blog at It’s quite stunning and, as they say, a picture tells a thousand words.  That’s especially true when we are highlighting beautiful places or spotlighting beautiful people who help preserve them.

Those big graphics and the platform serving them up sometimes bog down your upload times so we have launched a parallel platform for our blog.

If you want to see the images and posts without all the frameworks, join us on any PC or Apple based browser at HTTP://PRESERVELAND.NET.  If you access that site from you mobile device, it will detect your mobile browser and serve it up nice and light and quick.

To review, if you like our graphically rich platform:  HTTP://PRESERVELAND.ORG

If you want to see us on your mobile device or keep it light: HTTP://PRESERVELAND.NET



The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as annual World Habitat Day. World Habitat Day 2010 will be held on October 4.

In recognition of World Habitat DayHabitat for Humanity will raise awareness of the need for improved shelter and highlight Habitat’s priorities: the worldwide connection between human health and housing, and, in the United States, neighborhood revitalization. These themes echo the United Nations’ chosen theme for 2010 for events in the host city of Shanghai, China and the rest of the world: “Better City, Better Life.”

Every week, more than a million people are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world. As a result, the urban population of developing countries will double from 2 billion to 4 billion in the next 30 years. (Kissick, et al: 2006)

By the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour. (UN-HABITAT: 2005)

Habitat for Humanity hopes that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that allow for poverty housing and make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all.

Read more . . .

Back in late 2008, when LCAT was just an infant, I conducted a survey of land preservation organizations around the nation.  You can read the survey here.  Over 1,100 organization were asked to participate.

I was curious at the time to gauge the interest and need for the services that LCAT would provide.  I needed to know as I ramped up activity, that my passion was not mis-placed.

As it turns out, the survey revealed and confirmed most of my suspicions. Nearly 70% of the organizations reported that they lost land preservation opportunities due the the lack of funds; nearly 77% reported that they didn’t even pursue preservation opportunities because of a lack of funds, and 63% reported that the immediate availability of funding would have made the difference.

The respondents didn’t just fill in the check-boxes.  Some of the most compelling responses came in the comments:

“The logic for your organization is compelling. It is tough to get donors to raise cash for a land purchase overnight, especially when facing a deep-pocketed developer. If an emergency [funds were] available, donors would then come out of the woodwork to pay [them] back.”

“The housing bust is a huge opportunity for the land preservation community. . . . If funds and skilled real-estate negotiators were available to broker transactions, a lot of open space could be purchased at fire-sale prices.”

“Government zoning and development commissions are a huge hindrance to curbing urban sprawl. If a strong *smart growth* advocacy presence was felt at zoning meetings, perhaps these commissions would not always vote pro-development.”

“There are many opportunities that we have on the back burner, waiting for financial possibility of success.”

At the time they got the survey, in fact , some of the respondents were facing urgent funding needs:

“Right now, we are facing a need for emergency funding! We expect to receive a grant, and our “committed” source for matching funds has just backed out. If we get the grant, we do not know at this point how or whether we will be able to raise the matching funds.”

The significant responses are shown graphically below.

4. Over the past five years, have you lost conservation or preservation opportunities because you did not have sufficient funds?
results pie chart
69.2% Yes (36)
28.8% No (15)
1.9% View “Other” Answers “Other” Answers
5. Over the past five years, have you declined to pursue preservation or conservation opportunities because you did not have sufficient funds?
results pie chart
76.9% Yes (40)
21.1% No (11)
1.9% View “Other” Answers “Other” Answers
6. Over the past five years, would the immediate availability of emergency funding have made a difference in your organization’s ability to preserve or conserve an important parcel of land?
results pie chart
62.7% Yes (32)
27.4% No (14)
9.8% View “Other” Answers “Other” Answers
7. Over the past five years, would the immediate availability of emergency funding have been the determining factor in a final decision whether to enter into a transaction for the preservation or conservation of an important parcel of land?
results pie chart
53.0% Yes (26)
36.7% No (18)
10.2% View “Other” Answers

Did you know that as a part of the Obama Administration’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, September 2010 has been dubbed National Wilderness month?

In fact, as a part of the initiative, the administration wants to hear from you.

According to the administration:

“Today, with 80 percent of Americans living in cities and suburbs, it is more important than ever for people to have access to outdoor space.  Just as we cherish our childhood memories of hiking and sledding, fishing and camping, and just as we enjoy spending time outdoors with our families, we must guard these places and traditions for new generations,” said CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley.  “Through this Initiative we hope to identify new opportunities to work with Americans on a modern approach to conservation that begins at the ground level, and to reinvigorate the national conversation about our outdoors.”

. . .

“Too many of our cities have limited access to parks for children, low-income residents and communities of color. Improving access to open areas and green space in our urban communities should be a focus of a 21st century conservation strategy,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

The initiative is about a dialogue.  LCAT is about action.  Check out our Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

The Private Landowner Network (PLN), an online directory of conservation information, resources, service providers and programs for landowners, has decided to include us in their directory.

According to PLN,

We have found you and your conservation services valuable and we want to include you in PLN. There is no catch! PLN is a project of Resources First Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop private sector solutions for the environment. It is completely free to list your services. As a matter of fact, the generous support of our donors make it possible to list your services for free. We have created a listing for you in our online directory of conservation resources.

Click here to review our new listing
or copy and paste the URL below into your browser’s address bar:

According to a white paper assembled by a team from the Trust for Public Land, there are extraordinary benefits of preserving and re-purposing land for parks and open space.

According to the article,

  • Parks Boost Land Values and Property Taxes;
  • Parks Boost Local Economies by Attracting Businesses and Residents;
  • Good Parks Encourage Economic Development;
  • Conservation Saves Money as an Alternative to Development;
  • Parks Reduce Health Care Costs.

The United States is now losing a staggering 2 million acres of land a year to haphazard, sprawling development.1 Studies conducted over the last 15 years show working lands generate more public revenues than they receive back in public services.  Residential land uses do not cover their costs, they must be subsidized. 2

Moreover, open space, natural lands and community gardens promote interaction among neighbors. 3

LCAT was just approved as a 1% for the planet non-profit partner.  1% for the Planet exists to build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.

Members of 1% for the Planet can contribute 1% of sales to any of the environmental organizations listed on the web site. Member companies donate directly to their desired nonprofits.

There are 1,410 member companies contributing to over 2,220 environmental charities worldwide.  If you are not a member, become one now and start contributing 1% to LCAT now.

Here’s their video:

1% for the Planet promotional video – members mentioned from 1% for the Planet on Vimeo.

View the progress on the Clayes House restoration