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Thinking Like a Watershed: Climate Land Leaders in name and deed

  • Date: June 13, 2023
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: Virtual
Christine Curry, UMRI (

“Agriculture is a climate problem — and a climate solution. With compassion, creativity and collaboration, Climate Land Leaders are working toward solutions.” So states the home page of the Midwest-based Climate Land Leaders (CLL), begun with 15 landowners and farmers and now is 'home' to more than 80. Members work together to change their land practices to increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They engage in policy advocacy that shifts public investment to “ecosystem services.”  Habitat, soil health, and agriculture as a solution, not just the problem, define their work using the one tool they alone can wield: the farm and forest land they steward. 

Then, things get different. CLL explicitly wants to affect 75,000 acres of Midwestern farm and forest land by December 2024.  Members express their actions as a response to a rapidly changing climate. They think expansively about how to use their resources to address inequities and the next generation of farmers and land stewards. And they are clear – they are in this together. What is it about CLL that works for its members and what is uppermost on their minds this year?

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This monthly series is a project of the Upper Mississippi River Initiative (UMRI) of the Izaak Walton League of America, with co-hosts Christine Curry of UMRI, Chris Henning of the Panora Conservation Chapter, and Des Moines Chapter Communication Director, Bud Hartley. We feature guests for 30-40 minute presentations that shed daylight on good works done in the name of the Mississippi and its uplands. In this way we uplift our shared goals for a cleaner river, a cared for environment, and kinder communities. Recorded programs are available at UMRI’s resource page shortly after they air live.