- Standard 12: Land Stewardship

The land trust has a program of responsible stewardship for the land it holds other than through a conservation agreement for conservation purposes.


A. Funding Land Stewardship

The land trust determines and documents the immediate and long-term financial and management implications of each land transaction and secures the dedicated and/or operating funds needed to manage the property, including funds for liability insurance, maintenance, improvements, monitoring, enforcement and other costs. The land trust sets priorities, ensuring first and foremost that the values for which the property was acquired are at least maintained or preferably strengthened. If funds are not secured at or before the completion of the transaction, the land trust has a plan to secure these funds and has a policy committing the funds to this purpose. (See 6G.)