March 2021 Monthly Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Spring! We encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors in whatever way you can, from birdwatching in the backyard to floating on the Ozarks’ great waterways. As always, we encourage you to follow the advice of CDC and other public health agencies on the best ways to protect yourself in dealing with COVID.

A few things we want to share with you as we move from March into April:

Thank You!

A big shoutout to those of you who supported us for #GiveOzarks Day on March 24. We appreciate everyone who supported Ozark Land Trust’s Operating Endowment, one resource we have that can help us sustain our organization in challenging times such as the past year. We so appreciate your contributions and for choosing OLT along with so many great organizations across the entire Ozark region. A big shoutout to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for organizing another wonderful giving day and event.

Virtual Annual Meeting Save the Date

We hope you can join us online on Saturday, June 12, for our second virtual Annual Meeting. We so look forward to seeing you again in person in the very near future, but for now we can keep in touch through the wonders of Zoom. More details will follow about the time and agenda, but mark it on your calendar for now!

Members Advisory Committee

We had a great first meeting of our new Members Advisory Committee to brainstorm the roles the Committee will play, and what information and ideas it will share with our Board and staff. And if you have any ideas or would like to join us for the next meeting, contact our Administrative Associate Jessica Smith at [email protected]. This opportunity is for all of you who support OLT across both Arkansas and Missouri (and those of you in other places who support us and the Ozarks!), so we hope to hear from you!

Zoom for You! Tuesday, April 27, at 5 pm

Our next Zoom session for you is coming up in just a few weeks. We’ll be taking a tour of Bull Creek in the Springfield, MO area and OLT’s work with landowners to protect key lands in the watershed. Visit with watershed expert and OLT Board member Loring Bullard, with our Conservation Program Manager Nic Rogers and landowner partners as we discuss both the importance of this beautiful resource and how we partner for conservation success!

Our Thanks to Our Partners

In addition to our incredible landowners, we have some other amazing partners that support our mission of protecting lands. One of those partners is the Missouri Department of Conservation. In 2019, MDC introduced a new grant program to help their nonprofit partners achieve conservation goals. OLT has been the recipient of four grants to support protection of lands across the Ozarks region of Missouri, from the Southwest portion of the state all the way up to the St. Louis region. We’ll be telling you about these works in progress soon!

We wish you all the very best as you get outdoors this Spring, and we so appreciate your ongoing support of OLT and conservation in the Ozarks!

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