Milestones and awards

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

  • news-awardsWe 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.
  • The Land Conservancy is the largest land trust in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation.
  • In 2013, we reached a milestone with the preservation of our 500th property, the 25-acre Castlewood Farm in Bainbridge Township.
  • Jim Rokakis, director of the Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute, is a national leader in the fight against urban blight and was featured on a 60 Minutes segment titled, “There Goes the Neighborhood.”
  • In 2011, the Land Conservancy worked with property owners Richard and Rhonda Thompson to complete the largest-ever private conservation project in Ohio, the permanent preservation of 3,100 acres in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties.
  • Land Conservancy President and CEO Rich Cochran was the recipient of the 2010 Conservation Award by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
  • The Land Conservancy’s Grand River Corridor Protection Project was chosen as a 2011 Success Story by the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) from 30 U.S. and Canadian nominations.  The award recognizes outstanding efforts to protect the Great Lakes Basin.
  • 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 annual donor report has been a multiple winner of the national APEX Award of Excellence.
  • 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.