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Land Trust Standards and Practices


Land Trust Standards and Practices are guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, which is run legally, ethically and in the public interest and conducts a sound program of land transactions and stewardship.

The Land Trust Alliance originally developed the standards and practices in 1989 at the urging of land trusts, which believe a strong land trust community depends on the credibility and effectiveness of all its members.  Land Trust Standards and Practices was last revised in 2004.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, provides independent verification of the 26 indicator practices from Land Trust Standards and Practices that show a land trust's ability to operate in an ethical, legal and technically sound manner and ensure the long-term protection of land in the public interest.

For more information, please contact Director of Standards and Research Sylvia Bates at or (603) 708-1073.

For Canadian Land Trusts

In 2005, under a cooperative agreement with the Land Trust Alliance, the Canadian Land Trust Alliance, with assistance from the Ontario Land Trust Alliance and the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia, produced the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices for land conservation groups operating in Canada.

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