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Est. 2022

Love Our Land is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, citizen driven environmental education and protection organization that was officially established in February, 2022.

Happy ONE YEAR to US!!

Doug and Mike started out as members of Loveland's Tree and Environment Committee and were committed to fighting the biodiversity crisis that our area faces (see above!) After some time, they realized that in order to make a real impact on biodiversity, that southwest Ohio also needed an organization that strictly focused on the people of this area and their private property- since most of the land is indeed privately owned. 


With the intent of reconnecting local citizens and nature through education and activities, Love Our Land was created in 2020 to help people realize the need of transforming their own natural spaces into havens for natives species for the benefit of us all.  

While Doug is the environmental and nature expert, Mike is the man with the plan.


Doug works full-time as an environmental consultant.  He has worked with a variety of wildlife across the U.S.- including the Mexican Spotted Owl in NM, pine martens in CA, burrowing owls and reptiles in ID, many species of bats across the eastern U.S., and the rusty patched bumble bee across its range.  His skills and expertise with a variety of wildlife have allowed him to successfully lead a number of projects that have helped ensure the protection of rare, threatened. and endangered species. Doug is currently on his second term on Loveland's Tree and Environment Committee.


Mike is a high school social studies teacher.  He has his master's degree in Secondary Education and has been in the classroom for over 15 years teaching various classes.  Mike spends his summers off with his kids in the woods and along the river.  He is no longer on any of the city's committees so that he can focus efforts on his family, career, and Love Our Land.


And..Then we have Kyle! Kyle Canan was brought on as a Board Member this Summer to help spread the mission to the greater Dayton area. Kyle is our mushroom man and is the head of our Ohio Mushroom DNA Sequencing Initiative.


The 3 of them work towards the mission:


We seek to reconnect people and nature and in doing so, empower citizens with the skills and knowledge necessary to address the biodiversity crisis in their own neighborhoods and yards.

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Board of Directors

Mike Meldon- Co-Founder, CEO

Doug Gilbert- Co-Founder, COO

Kyle Canan

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Kyle Canan is an avid naturalist, mushroom enthusiast, and lover of trees. He was born and raised in southwest Ohio where he currently resides with his wife and four kids. His family travels with him throughout Ohio and to other states like Michigan, Indiana, and California to explore nature. Kyle is most fascinated with mushrooms and their incredible properties; medicinal, psychoactive, edible, etc. He collects and documents all mushrooms he encounters, preserving them in his personal 'fungarium', a storage system for dried specimens. Kyle has created his own at-home lab that includes microscopes and DNA extraction equipment, among other things. Kyle is a board member of the Ohio Mushroom Society, where he leads mushroom walks and forays in southwest Ohio to pass on his knowledge to others and to aid citizens with mushroom identification. Additionally, Kyle is the Darke County coordinator for the Old-growth Forest Network. His role is to work with the local park staff and landowners to search for old forests and nominate them to the Network. His personal love of trees, especially ancient ones, contributes to his success with identifying and nominating old-growth forests. #mushlove

Board of Advisors

Nick Winnenberg

Sue Burnett

Gina Dubell-Smith

Erin Campbell

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