What We Do

What We Do

Our mission to preserve as much natural land as possible

North American Land Trust (NALT) is 501c3 conservation charity whose mission is to permanently conserve and steward natural and cultural resources through innovative land preservation partnerships. NALT is in its 32nd year of operation and has permanently preserved more than 136,000 acres of natural land in 24 states, mostly through permanent conservation easements.

NALT partners with landowners, municipalities, the real estate community, and other groups to protect environmentally and culturally significant landscapes that otherwise may be lost to alternative uses. Once a property is under NALT’s permanent stewardship, our experienced team of conservation professionals regularly monitor the land to ensure the integrity and longevity of the conservation resource.

How We Do It

We accomplish land preservation through a variety of strategies and utilize our experience and expertise
to find solutions to a range of complex conservation and management challenges.

NALT’s conservation strategies include:

Land Protection

Conservation Easement

A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement where-in a landowner donates certain development rights associated with the land to a land trust. The donated property’s use is permanently limited to protect its conservation attributes and values.

Charitable Conservation Easement

In 2006, Congress substantially improved one of the most powerful conservation measures in decades: the enhanced federal tax incentive for voluntary conservation easement donations. The conservation easement tax incentive is an important tool that helps Americans conserve their land voluntarily.

Example(s): NALT Conservation Easement Tax Incentive

Mitigation Conservation Easement (aka Site Protection Instrument)

Development that impacts water resources and endangered and threatened species habitats must be offset by government regulated mitigation projects to abate the loss of these important resources. Mitigation projects often require a permanent conservation easement and specific long-term management to ensure their success. NALT is currently a member of National Environmental Banking Association and has partnered on over 45 mitigation projects as a conservation easement holder and long-term steward. Thanks to our team’s expertise and geographic reach, we are uniquely qualified to assist with these functions at the national level.

Example(s): NALT Mitigation Banking, Yockanookany, Delmarva Fox squirrel

Municipal Conservation Easements

NALT partners directly with municipalities across the country to help permanently conserve publicly owned parks and open spaces. These projects have abundant community benefits and demonstrate the municipalities’ commitment to the permanent protection of these publicly-owned resources.

Example(s): East Bradford Township, Altama Plantation

NALT also works with municipalities to help fulfill their unique subdivision or open space ordinances as it relates to development and infrastructure projects

Example(s): Naples

 

Preserves and Land Acquisition

NALT also identifies important conservation properties that have the right profile for permanent acquisition and long-term management and programming. The property size, proximity to other NALT projects and service areas, and the ecological or historical context are just some of the variables that are carefully evaluated.

Example(s): Brinton Run Preserve,  Knights Island, All Projects

Conservation Management

NALT is committed to supporting each landowners on-going efforts to carry out active property management and responsible stewardship. In many mitigation projects, long-term property management and stewardship is a required component by the regulatory agency. NALT’s experienced team of natural resource managers can assist with the development and implementation of a customized Conservation Management Plan which will provide a road map of land management strategies that property owners can undertake in order to maintain and enhance the conservation values and natural resources on their property. Experience has shown that proper land management can add both ecological enhancement and economic value to a property.

NALT’s Conservation Management services include:

  • Invasives species management
  • Habitat improvement for wildlife
  • Forest management
  • Restoration assessment
  • Pollinator habitat implementation
  • Customized management plans

Monitoring & Stewardship

Conservation easement monitoring and stewardship is a fundamental responsibility for every land trust. NALT is committed to and has the resources to monitor each conservation easement it manages annually in strict adherence with its organizational policy. NALT stewardship team focuses on building and maintaining positive landowner relationships which has resulted in a low overall rate of compliance issues over its 30-year history.

Monitoring Techniques:

  • Imagery – We use the latest, high-resolution satellite imagery which helps protect our landowners against any potential neighbor encroachments and helps track changes to the land over time.
  • Boots on the Ground – NALT’s stewardship team physically visits each conservation easement at least once every 3 years. When possible, we meet with landowners or property managers to provide guidance regarding stewardship, land management, potential projects, or concerns.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – Occasionally, monitoring certain easements or sections of our easements can be difficult due to challenging terrain or limited access to specific areas of the easement. In these circumstances, we may utilize UAV’s (drones) to gather photos or video footage of a property.

Planning & Design

NALT is committed to supporting each landowners on-going efforts to carry out active property management and responsible stewardship. In many mitigation projects, long-term property management and stewardship is a required component by the regulatory agency. NALT’s experienced team of natural resource managers can assist with the development and implementation of a customized Conservation Management Plan which will provide a road map of land management strategies that property owners can undertake in order to maintain and enhance the conservation values and natural resources on their property. Experience has shown that proper land management can add both ecological enhancement and economic value to a property.

NALT’s Conservation Management services include:

  • Invasives species management
  • Habitat improvement for wildlife
  • Forest management
  • Restoration assessment
  • Pollinator habitat implementation
  • Customized management plans

Research & Education

NALT’s project areas represent a broad range of ecosystems in some of the most biodiverse regions of the country. These conservation areas provide not only an extensive database of biodiversity data across private lands, but they also act as a living laboratory. Many of our conservation easements provide opportunities for public outreach and education and can also act as a bridge for partnerships with scientists and colleagues working in universities, non-profits, and state and federal organizations. These collaborations are at the core of NALT’s values and are paramount to the organization’s culture and mission. It’s another way we can give back to the communities where we live and work.

Whether it’s hosting conservation lectures, publishing our “Species Spotlights” series, providing resources for landowners and partners, or facilitating important research projects, NALT’s staff is committed to maintaining regular engagement with its public stakeholders.

How We Do It

We accomplish land preservation through a variety of strategies and utilize our experience and expertise
to find solutions to a range of complex conservation and management challenges.

Land Protection | Conservation Management | Monitoring & Stewardship | Planning & Design | Research & Education

Land Protection

Conservation Easement

A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement where-in a landowner donates certain development rights associated with the land to a land trust. The donated property’s use is permanently limited to protect its conservation attributes and values.

Charitable Conservation Easement

In 2006, Congress substantially improved one of the most powerful conservation measures in decades: the enhanced federal tax incentive for voluntary conservation easement donations. The conservation easement tax incentive is an important tool that helps Americans conserve their land voluntarily.

Example(s): NALT Conservation Easement Tax Incentive

 
Mitigation Conservation Easement (aka Site Protection Instrument)

Development that impacts water resources and endangered and threatened species habitats must be offset by government regulated mitigation projects to abate the loss of these important resources. Mitigation projects often require a permanent conservation easement and specific long-term management to ensure their success. NALT is currently a member of National Environmental Banking Association and has partnered on over 45 mitigation projects as a conservation easement holder and long-term steward. Thanks to our team’s expertise and geographic reach, we are uniquely qualified to assist with these functions at the national level.

Example(s): NALT Mitigation Banking, Yockanookany, Delmarva Fox squirrel

Municipal Conservation Easements

NALT partners directly with municipalities across the country to help permanently conserve publicly owned parks and open spaces. These projects have abundant community benefits and demonstrate the municipalities’ commitment to the permanent protection of these publicly-owned resources.

Examples: Hyperlink East Bradford Township SFTL, Altama Plantation SFTL, or other relevant examples.

NALT also works with municipalities to help fulfill their unique subdivision or open space ordinances as it relates to development and infrastructure projects

Example(s): Naples

 
Preserves and Land Acquisition

NALT also identifies important conservation properties that have the right profile for permanent acquisition and long-term management and programming. The property size, proximity to other NALT projects and service areas, and the ecological or historical context are just some of the variables that are carefully evaluated.

Example(s): Brinton Run Preserve,  Knights Island, All Projects

Conservation Management 

NALT is committed to supporting each landowners on-going efforts to carry out active property management and responsible stewardship. In many mitigation projects, long-term property management and stewardship is a required component by the regulatory agency. NALT’s experienced team of natural resource managers can assist with the development and implementation of a customized Conservation Management Plan which will provide a road map of land management strategies that property owners can undertake in order to maintain and enhance the conservation values and natural resources on their property. Experience has shown that proper land management can add both ecological enhancement and economic value to a property.

NALT’s Conservation Management services include:

  • Invasives species management
  • Habitat improvement for wildlife
  • Forest management
  • Restoration assessment
  • Pollinator habitat implementation
  • Customized management plans

Monitoring & Stewardship

Conservation easement monitoring and stewardship is a fundamental responsibility for every land trust. NALT is committed to and has the resources to monitor each conservation easement it manages annually in strict adherence with its organizational policy. NALT stewardship team focuses on building and maintaining positive landowner relationships which has resulted in a low overall rate of compliance issues over its 30-year history.

Monitoring Techniques:

  • Imagery – We use the latest, high-resolution satellite imagery which helps protect our landowners against any potential neighbor encroachments and helps track changes to the land over time.
  • Boots on the Ground – NALT’s stewardship team physically visits each conservation easement at least once every 3 years. When possible, we meet with landowners or property managers to provide guidance regarding stewardship, land management, potential projects, or concerns.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – Occasionally, monitoring certain easements or sections of our easements can be difficult due to challenging terrain or limited access to specific areas of the easement. In these circumstances, we may utilize UAV’s (drones) to gather photos or video footage of a property.

Planning & Design

NALT is committed to supporting each landowners on-going efforts to carry out active property management and responsible stewardship. In many mitigation projects, long-term property management and stewardship is a required component by the regulatory agency. NALT’s experienced team of natural resource managers can assist with the development and implementation of a customized Conservation Management Plan which will provide a road map of land management strategies that property owners can undertake in order to maintain and enhance the conservation values and natural resources on their property. Experience has shown that proper land management can add both ecological enhancement and economic value to a property.

NALT’s Conservation Management services include:

  • Invasives species management
  • Habitat improvement for wildlife
  • Forest management
  • Restoration assessment
  • Pollinator habitat implementation
  • Customized management plans

Research & Education

NALT’s project areas represent a broad range of ecosystems in some of the most biodiverse regions of the country. These conservation areas provide not only an extensive database of biodiversity data across private lands, but they also act as a living laboratory. Many of our conservation easements provide opportunities for public outreach and education and can also act as a bridge for partnerships with scientists and colleagues working in universities, non-profits, and state and federal organizations. These collaborations are at the core of NALT’s values and are paramount to the organization’s culture and mission. It’s another way we can give back to the communities where we live and work.

Whether it’s hosting conservation lectures, publishing our “Species Spotlights” series, providing resources for landowners and partners, or facilitating important research projects, NALT’s staff is committed to maintaining regular engagement with its public stakeholders.

FAQs for Landowners

Common questions from landowners include:

What is a Conservation Easement?

A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement where-in a landowner donates certain development rights associated with the land to a land trust. The donated property’s use is permanently limited to protect its conservation attributes and values.

How does the Easement Process Work?

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