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2014: Our Year in Review

Protect Land

  • Prioritization map outlining conservation strategy

  • Project selection criteria

  • $30,000 National FIsh & Wildlife Foundation Five Star Restoration Grant

  • Assist Boys Grow with management plans for approximately 10 acres at Municipal Farm

  • $60,000 EPA Urban Waters Grant for 2 years to analyze and preserve vacant lots

  • 2 landowner forums to educate and encourage conservation easements on private lands

  • 1 homeowner workshop to educate best management practices for protecting nature

Increase Public Awareness and Understanding

  • Website launched

  • Facebook page, 200 followers

  • Presented 17 public events including Boulevardia, South KC Economic Development Summit, One Water Leadership Summit, 2014 National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation in DC and MARC Stormwater Symposium

  • Co-host national speaker, Stephen Apfelbaum

  • Sub-awardee Blue RIver Watershed Association EPA Urban Waters project engaging youth in environmental education

Build Alliance Services

  • Full-time project manager hired

  • Co-lead Urban Waters Federal Partnership

  • $300,000+ funding applications submitted

  • Participated and supported 20+ partner events

  • Training webinar series

  • Serve on Kansas CIty, MO task force on Vacant Lots, create report for KCMO City Council

  • Strategic planning session, created partner Common Agenda

  • Join Metropolitian Greenspaces Alliance

  • Site leadership for Blue River Rescue

  • Hosted GreenWorks KC summer intern

  • Join Land Trust Alliance

  • Participate in Midwest Urban Conservation Network, led by National Fish & Wildlife Large Landscape Conservation program, create "EPIC" regional conservation network

  • National Park Services RTCA Technical Assistance grant awarded to develop marketing tools for Blue River

  • Steering Council to lead Alliance

  • Hosted 8 Steering Committee Meetings

  • First Annual Partnership Summit

  • Welcome Lauren Garrott! Department of Interior sponsored VISTA

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