A land trust is a nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements.  Typically, land trusts have or have access to expertise in land acquisition, real estate law, and land management.  This blend of expertise allows the land trust to assist the land owner, municipality, agency, or whoever, in identifying the most suitable mechanism for protection.
What is a land trust?
What is a land trust?
What is a land trust?
What is a land trust?

We are ecologists and land managers that have been trained in land acquisition and real estate law.  We also rely on a consortium of legal and local expertise. We bring a specialized expertise in both the interpretation of environmental legislation affecting land use decisions (from an ecological perspective) and  how these decisions are supported by long-term region-wide planning objectives.

Wildlands offers this expertise to landowners and assists them with determining the various options available to them for keeping their lands in conservation and/or green space. We hold conservation easements for individuals, developments and conservation banks, and provide easement monitoring and reporting to public entities. We also accept land donations with endowments that provide for the long term management of the site.

Wildlands often works with land owners and agencies initially to identify the most appropriate course of action for any given target conservation area; how it should be purchased, by what mechanism, how it should be managed, and the long-term management costs and commitments. We have worked with conservation-minded private land owners to identify and implement the best mechanisms (e.g., fee simple acquisition, conservation easements) for meeting both the land owners financial objectives and protecting the land’s ecological integrity.  This also entails facilitating cost-sharing partnerships with federal, state and local land acquisition programs. Additionally, Wildlands is well adapted to understanding the needs of the agency, municipality, land owner, and the community at large.  As a 501(c)3, there are tax benefits to using a land trust for the donation of lands or easements.