PRACTICE

G. Evaluating the Best Conservation Tool

The land trust works with the landowner to evaluate and select the best conservation tool for the property and takes care that the chosen method can reasonably protect the property’s important conservation values over time. This evaluation may include informing the landowner of appropriate conservation tools and partnership opportunities, even those that may not involve the land trust, including Ecological Gifts and split-receipt sales. Land trusts that do not intend to hold Ecological Gifts should inform landowners about the Ecological Gifts Program and, if necessary, direct interested landowners to other qualified conservation organizations.