awards

We celebrate our accomplishments, as we roll our sleeves to work even harder.

  • We were formed by the largest merger of local land trusts in U.S. history, according to the Land Trust Alliance.  In 2006, eight organizations joined forces to create Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
  • In 2009, the Land Conservancy was one of 30 semifinalists for The Collaboration Prize, a national award for which more than 650 nonprofit groups were nominated.
  • Our 2008 annual donor report, “Embracing the future,” received a national APEX Award of Excellence.
  • The eight groups that merged in 2006 to form the Land Conservancy together protected about 8,000 acres.  In the first four years after the merger, the Land Conservancy preserved more than 13,400 acres – a 167-percent increase over a 20-year total.
  • In 2008, the Land Conservancy received a Nonprofit Stellar Performer honorable mention from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs.
  • The Land Conservancy in 2007 received a Northern Ohio Live magazine Award of Achievement for being the “best of the best” in the category of Environment/Natural Resources.
  • In 2006, we were honored with a Green City Blue Lake Award in the Conservation category.
  • We are the largest land trust in Ohio and recognized as one of the top 20 in the nation.

At the start of 2010, we had preserved more than 21,400 acres – an area roughly the size of the Cleveland Metroparks system and 50 percent larger than the borough of Manhattan.