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Your Input Needed on Land Trust Standards & Practices

The Land Trust Alliance is currently leading a collaborative process to revise Land Trust Standards and Practices to reflect changes in the legal and operational environment of the land trust community over the past 10 years. This process is also intended to improve overall alignment with the Land Trust Accreditation Program, Terrafirma and the array of services, resources and documents supporting best practices for land trusts.

Sylvia Bates, Director of Standards and Educational Services at the Land Trust Alliance, attended a meeting of Maine land trust executive directors and board presidents at the Conference this past May. “We need your participation,” said Sylvia. “We want to ensure that Land Trust Standards and Practices remains of and for the land trust community.” Anyone can take part in the revision process via the online platform or by emailing

Why do I care, and who benefits from Land Trusts Standards and Practices anyways, you may ask. Well, in the broadest sense, the public benefits from more effective and efficient land trusts. The entire land trust community benefits when there is a commitment across the sector to excellence. Individual land trusts also benefit, when they commit to pursuing continuous improvement. The work to revise Land Trust Standards and Practices will help ensure this continues to be the case.

Working directly with the land trust community, a core team of staff and stakeholders designated by the Alliance board is responsible for soliciting, reviewing and reflecting all comments, suggestions and edits to Land Trust Standards and Practices for this next round of revisions. The comment period is now open and will remain available until September 15th. Learn more about the revision process, and take part, here