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Why We Committed

Emily Hague, Stewardship Manager at Monadnock Conservany in New Hampshire explains why her organization sent in their commitment letter for conservation defense insurance in September 2009.

“After completing a successful three year fundraising campaign, and realizing how hard it can be for landowners to make additional financial contributions, we realized we might not be able to obtain sufficient stewardship funds on our own.

The materials the Alliance put together about the proposed conservation defense insurance program assuaged any concerns we had. We did a staff review of program – myself and our executive director looked over all the materials, including the case study. We considered what it would cost to enroll, the great benefits from it, and thought it was worthwhile to pursue.

We had the most discussion about the program at the board level. We made our commitment to conservation defense insurance to keep up with best practices, and thought it would be a great leadership opportunity. The scenarios were reasonable and we appreciated having the opportunity for input. We also liked that the program would be overseen by the Alliance.

We wanted to ensure we have adequate resources to protect our properties. We anticipate being very busy in the next five years with land protection activity, and participating in the conservation defense insurance program will be a great supplement to our existing stewardship funds."

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Christian Freitag, attorney-at-law and executive director at Sycamore Land Trust (IN), says "I view Conservation Defense Insurance as another step the land trust community is taking to keep our promises. We claim that we will help people protect their land in perpetuity. With this program, the public can be more confident than ever that we take that commitment seriously."


Greg Gamble, executive director at Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (CA), says that "this is one of the most helpful things that the Land Trust Alliance could attempt for its members, and I have greatly appreciated the professional, thoughtful, fair and inclusive process that you have led."


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