Ensuring Conservation Permanence

Tue., Oct. 4 - Tue., Nov. 1, at 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

It’s all about being prepared for “what if?”

The Land Trust Alliance, Maine Land Trust Network and Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition are collaborating to help you ensure the permanence of your land trust and its conserved lands!

This new program is designed to help land trusts ensure the permanency of their work by understanding and identifying risks and assessing current risk management strategies through a series of online training sessions and consultant support.

Risk often carries a negative connotation—we want to avoid risk in situations that could lead to a bad outcome—but risk can also be thought of in terms of opportunity as well. It isn’t bad or good – it is about situations where the outcome is unknown, and levels of risk can correlate with degrees of predictability.

We’ll talk about risks you may want to consider, like the risk of:

  • A visitor getting hurt on a trail or a volunteer injuring themselves with a chainsaw
  • Insufficient funding or lack of board member involvement to sustain the organization
  • A conservation easement violation or trespass on a fee property
  • Conservation values changing due to climate change, invasive species, or development
  • Reputational decline due to conservation easement incentive abuse or poor land management
  • Exploring a collaboration with an aligned group
  • Hiring a staff person or finding an office space

Save the date for the five-part virtual training!

The program will begin with five virtual training sessions – open to any interested land trust operating in Maine or Massachusetts – running on Tuesdays beginning October 4, all from 4-5:15 p.m. Following the training sessions, land trusts who have attended the training sessions will have the opportunity to apply for subsidized one-on-one consultation support to perform an organizational risk assessment.

For details on what will be covered in each session, visit the LTA website.

Registration will be via the Land Trust Alliance website and will open soon. The registration fee will be $50 for LTA members, $75 for non-members, which entitles five board members from your organization to attend.