PRACTICE

D. Landowner Relationships

The land trust maintains regular contact with owners of properties with conservation agreements. When possible, it offers landowners information on property management and/or referrals to resource managers. The land trust enlists a contact staff or volunteer assigned to respond to landowner requests or inquiries. These staff or volunteers will be trained on how to work with landowners. The land trust strives to build promptly a positive working relationship with new owners of properties with conservation agreements and informs them about the conservation agreements existence and restrictions and the land trust’s stewardship policies and procedures. The land trust establishes and implements systems to track changes in land ownership. Land trusts should offer the new landowners a copy of the conservation agreement and baseline documentation as well as any information about its work in general.