Definitions for "Land trusts"
Legal entities which can operate locally, regionally, or nationally designed to own titles to or conservation easements on specific properties. Land trusts provide a focused venue for characterizing, prioritizing, and purchasing land or easements, and have an excellent track record of achieving the benefits sought.
Are organizations that manage land for high public value. They work through fair market transactions to protect properties for their scenic, environmental, fisheries, wildlife, and recreational values. They protect environmentally sensitive lands by drawing on private and public funding sources in order to purchase land, and accepting charitable donations of land, cash, or other gifts. They can also negotiate legal agreements with landowners interested in preserving their land.
Nonprofit organizations interested in the protection of natural resources and historic areas. Activities include public education, purchase and coordination of conservation easements, and planning services.