Choosing a Land Trust
Choosing a Land Trust
A landowner’s choice of a land trust to work with is a very personal one, for a number of reasons. Land often carries emotional and historical significance, and when the natural resource beauty, family history and future, recreation value and other personal ties are added in, the decisions about what to do with the land become weighty indeed.
The land trust members of the Missouri Land Trust Coalition all have their own missions, goals and priorities. Some are national in nature, some statewide, others regional or local. Some devote their attention to specific types of lands, while others work with a variety of resource types. Some work on more urban lands, other on more rural ones. We are fortunate that there are potential partners for our Missouri landowners for all sorts of conservation transactions and lands.
Ultimately, though, the choice of which land trust to work with – or whether to work with one at all – will come down to that critical notion of trust. The landowner and land trust are making a commitment to each other, with respect to the land, that often is perpetual in nature. That’s a long time! A landowner’s level of comfort with the land trust they select is most definitely atop the many considerations in moving forward with a potential transaction.
And sometimes the decision to put an easement on a piece of land may take a good amount of time as well. Often times, landowners must consult multiple family members for the decision. Or the time may just not be right from a financial or life concerns perspective. An experienced land trust partner is well aware of these important considerations, and will help the landowner think through how and when a conservation transaction will make sense.
Our desire in creating this website resource is to allow landowners not only to find land trusts with the specific skills you need for their particular type of land. But we also want landowners to be able to reach out and engage with any of the MLTC’s member land trusts, to discuss their thoughts, options and goals in determining if and when a conservation easement or other transaction is the right solution.
The Missouri Land Trust Coalition (MLTC), an unincorporated association of land trusts and their partners across Missouri.