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An Interview with Jim Reeves

Five Questions with Jim Reeves Jim Reeves (Board President 2018-2021), is the Principal at Clear Bridge Consulting, providing mediation, facilitation and conflict management services to individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. As an attorney with litigation and executive leadership experience, Jim has been a mediator for over 20 years, mediating business and legal disputes and convening […]

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Origins Small and Large

Eureka Springs, AR Andy Thomas, longtime board member and leader of Ozark Land Trust Eureka Springs, Arkansas has always had a quirky but very strong environmental movement. Folks that live there cherish the rugged mountain scenery, trees, wildlife, and waterways, along with its unique regional history. They want to enjoy what they have been given […]

Regenerative Ag Before its Time

New Pear Farm, AR Andy Thomas When the Johnson Pear Farm was founded in 1908, it was miles from Fayetteville. These days, Ozark Land Trust’s historic New Pear Farm (as it is now called) is just beyond Fayetteville’s City Limit. Over the decades, Ben Johnson and his sister Anne Prichard, multi-generation family owners, witnessed chunk […]

Habitat Mitigation

Washington County, MO Can we mitigate the harm of development on wildlife? A practice pursued under the federal Endangered Species Act attempts to do just that. When a listed species is found in the path of a utility line or building project the developer is often required to protect habitat for the species elsewhere to […]

Farms and Watersheds… Forever

Huzzah Creek, MO Rachel Hopkins and her family own hundreds of agricultural acres on Huzzah Creek, where OLT and its partners have protected and provided restoration and erosion protection on well over 1,000 acres of critical Ozark lands. In today’s world, generational farms and ranches are becoming relics of the past. As the older generations […]

From Protection to Restoration

Bull Creek, MO Fred G McQueary, MD, MMM, CPE, is the owner of almost 900 acres on Bull Creek in southwest MO on which OLT holds a conservation easement My journey directed me to OLT even before I knew about their existence. I worked for years on my property to improve it for wildlife…which ended […]

Celebrating 40 Years: A Letter from the Executive Director

As we head into our 40th anniversary year in 2024, we look back fondly at some of the projects that Ozark Land Trust has done over the years since its 1984 inception. We have had so many great people and partners who have participated in our projects to permanently protect Ozark lands across our beautiful […]

Ozark Holler Winter 2023

Ozark Holler Winter 2023 about the work of OLT as we begin our 40th year of work protecting properties throughout the Ozarks. Ozark Holler Winter 2023

Farewell to Nic Rogers

We also say goodbye to our good friend and associate, Conservation Program Manager Nic Rogers, who has been both an exceptional steward of OLT’s lands and manager of a number of new protection projects. He is moving West to be closer to family and for his fiancé Alexis’ new position in Utah. Nic has been an […]

Recap: Schulze Working Days

We also had two working lands events at our Schulze Nature Preserve in Washington, Mo in March. Americorps volunteers spent 3 days removing honeysuckle and doing other tasks, and then friends of OLT joined in the following Saturday, bundling up in the cold to help clear invasives and more. Thanks to our Conservation Specialist Haley Smith for managing […]