Barbara Rion, former TLT Trustee

Barbara Rion, former TLT Trustee

In beautiful memory of a life well lived-Barbara Smith Rion died October 11, 2019 at the age of 76.

Barbara was a master gardener, garden designer, photographer, and champion of the environment.

Barbara was a celebrated member of the Garden Club of Dayton, a past president of Friends of Aullwood, Board of Trustees member of Cox Arboretum, Tecumseh Land Trust Board of Trustees, and a Board of Trustees member of the Ohio Nature Conservancy. She was a steward of the Earth and her warmth, eternal kindness, and integrity will be remembered and greatly missed by all who loved her-and there were many.

Memorial donations may be sent to Tecumseh Land Trust, PO Box 417, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 or you may use the Paypal link below. Thank you.

Welcome Lauren!

Please welcome Lauren Gjessing to the Tecumseh Land Trust team as our new Land Preservation Specialist! For some of our preserved properties owners, she will be calling you to set up annual monitoring visits. We will introduce you to Lauren in the upcoming fall newsletter.



Join Elli Sparks, Director of Field Development for Citizens Climate Lobby, for a brown bag lunch and a discussion on organizing and lobbying for the environment at Glen Helen's Vernet building.

Elli is committed to the success of Citizen Climate Lobby volunteers working to start new chapters in communities across the United States. She hosts CCL’s weekly Introductory Calls and trains volunteers around the world to lead Climate Advocate Training Workshops; she also works closely with volunteers in coal and agricultural communities, ensuring that all voices find a place at the solutions table–a passion founded on her own family roots in Appalachia and rural Maryland.

Elli’s work is informed by her fifteen years in nonprofit management and by her founding and leadership of Virginia’s first CCL chapter, where she gained experience in nearly every volunteer role. She lives on a family farm in rural Virginia, where she rotates her cattle through the pasture to store carbon in the soil and plants.

To register for free tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/organizing-and-lobbying-for-the-environment-with-elli-sparks-tickets-74158797961

Beautiful Cedarville Township Property up for auction

Click here to learn more.

Sunflower T-Shirts Available at Wander & Wonder


Located in the heart of Yellow Springs at 241 Xenia Avenue, Wander & Wonder owner Jake Brummett makes an effort to stock his store with brands that are sustainable and tackle environmental issues. Goods range from backpacks to hammocks to stuff for pups. Wander & Wonder is also the only place where you can find our sunflower t-shirts for sale. What a perfect fit for the 1% for Greenspace program!

Jacoby Partnership Service Area Map

Email Michele Burns at burns@tecumsehlandtrust.org with any questions regarding the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which aims to protect more of the Jacoby Greenbelt and improve conservation practices in the Jacoby and Yellow Springs Creek subwatersheds.



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Thank you to our 2019 Auction Gold & Silver Sponsors!

Do you have a farm that you want to stay a farm forever? Or have you longed to invest in a farm or a natural property? If so, we’d love to talk to you about how we might be able to help you achieve your goal! There have NEVER been more options for people who want to preserve their farms or natural properties. The tax benefit for voluntary Conservation Easements was expanded significantly late last year – see the attached fact sheet for more information--click here for the pdf file. We also work with several easement purchase programs and this is the season for thinking about whether you might wish to apply. Call 937-767-9490 or e-mail burns@tecumsehlandtrust.org, and we’ll explain the options available to you!

And if you just plain want to stop sprawl, get in touch. There are so many ways to volunteer and educate – everyone can make a difference, right in their own backyard!


Who we are

Tecumseh Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization serving Greene and Clark Counties of Ohio and surrounding areas. The purpose of Tecumseh Land Trust is to preserve agricultural land, natural areas, water resources, and historic sites, in voluntary cooperation More...

Protecting Land

Tecumseh Land Trust has preserved over 28,000 acres in Clark and Greene counties and surrounding areas. Included in the mix is a vibrant array of large and small farms, natural areas, and stream corridors. The work of this organization has helped to protect the regions



Tecumseh Land Trust  was the first land trust in Ohio to become accredited. To find out more information about preserving land, accreditation, FRPP, AEPP, land trusts, and the easement process, Click here.

Our organization # is 97774. Thank you for your support.

Our organization # is 97774. Thank you for your support.