What is a Land Trust?
A land trust is a non-profit, non-government, community-based organization that has the acquisition and management of land for conservation as its main charitable object. A land trust is typically engaged in the following activities and programs:
- Land Acquisition through direct purchase or donation or otherwise, such as through a conservation easement. A trust obtains an interest in land to preserve its ecological, cultural or other values. Land for acquisitions are considered based on the land trust’s mission, goals and objectives, as well as selection criteria, policies and procedures.
- Land Stewardship - A land trust manages land that it has acquired to maintain and improves its significant values over the long term.
- Public Outreach and Education - Informs the community and the land trust membership of programs and related studies. The land trust provides volunteer opportunities to assist in the management and conservation of land.
- Science - Conducts studies and assessments of properties, landscapes and values to inform land securement and stewardship programs.
- Raise Funds - Builds and maintains financial stability through private fundraising, submitting grant and funding proposals to government agencies and private foundations, and hosting events.
- Operate Charitable Organization - Carries out daily administrative requirements to maintain incorporation and charitable registration, and to ensure sound management and long-term organizational stability.
Note: This description of land trusts is adapted from information provided on the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) website. For more information, visit their website at www.olta.ca.