Revising Standards and Practices

Community. Public trust. Permanence. Land Trust Standards and Practices defines the very values of the land trust community.

November 09, 2015

My conservation origins

I was always interested in the environment, as my parents were, thus I knew that land preservation was important. My mom and dad demonstrated this to me when they helped save Corbett’s Glen in Brighton, New York, and became members of Genesee Land Trust. Then I took an environmental science class in high school and that really stuck with me.

Photo courtesy of Emily Handelman
November 05, 2015

Accreditation know-how in minutes

There isn’t enough time in the day to complete all your regular duties. Throw a Land Trust Accreditation Commission application into the mix and you need to get creative with your time management. That’s why we developed a series of short video tutorials

November 02, 2015

Encouraging developments

The recent budget deal negotiated by Congressional leaders is an encouraging development for the expired incentive for easement donations, even though it does not directly address it.

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October 29, 2015

A guide during transition

Accreditation helped Greenbelt Land Trust in a time of rapid organizational change.

Photo courtesy of Greenbelt Land Trust
October 27, 2015

Honoring Rand Wentworth

The Land Trust Alliance honored President Rand Wentworth at Rally 2015 for his 14 years of service. He is expected to conclude his role as president in January 2016. Wentworth received special recognition during a dinner where other individuals and organizations were celebrated.

October 26, 2015

Honoring Steve Small

Steve Small, a leading authority on private land protection, received the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award during Rally 2015. As the originating author of the federal Income Tax Regulations on Conservation Easements, Small set a national standard for donations he continues to facilitate to this day.

October 23, 2015

Saving Camp Francis

Kent Land Trust received a National Land Trust Excellence Award at Rally 2015. By collaborating with local supporters, Kent Land Trust helped make land conservation a community priority. Its crowning achievement was the timely preservation of Camp Francis, a decommissioned Girl Scouts campground.

October 22, 2015

Benefiting community

Openlands received a National Land Trust Excellence Award at Rally 2015. For its collective accomplishments across more than 50 years — including creating the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and transforming public school play yards — Openlands exemplifies how land trusts benefit their communities.

October 21, 2015

Our land conservation journey

On a warm summer evening I arrived at the B Bar Ranch in the Tom Miner Basin in Montana, joining friends I hadn’t seen in a while. The western conservation community is really a family of dedicated people working to protect a way of life out here.

Michael Pope from Greenbelt Land Trust points out a bear to western retreat participants
October 19, 2015