Throughout the United States over 1,200 private, non-profit land trusts have
been working with communities and landowners to retain the unique attributes
of places they cherish. Since the first land trust was founded over a century
ago more than 6.2 million acres (an area twice the size of Connecticut)
of valuable wildlife habitat, farmland, wetland, urban parks, trails, and
other open space has been set up for each generation to cherish.
land trusts, like the Southeast Alaska Land Trust, are working
with private land owners and others to protect the places that
make our communities and neighborhoods unique.
and regional land trusts are uniquely structured non-profit charitable
organizations with a mission to conserve land for its ecological,
historical, scenic, recreational, and agricultural values. They
accomplish this through a direct involvement in land transactions
and management. Often the land trust accepts the donation of a
conservation easement, but they can also purchase or accept donations
of land, or manage land owned by others. In addition, a land trust
also can serve landowners by advising them on how to best steward
land they cherish.
trust provides many services and can tailor a strategy that meets
the conservation and financial needs of the landowner. For example,
the land trust might own the property or hold certain land use
rights (such as development, timber harvest, and so on) through
the donation of a conservation easement. Under some circumstances
the landowner might benefit from the reduction of federal and local
taxes. After full or partial land rights are conveyed to a land
trust, the organization immediately assumes the stewardship responsibilities
of protected lands.