Welcome to the start of your journey to becoming a better partner to your whole community. This tool will help you organize your learning and grow critical Diversity, Equity and Inclusion competencies, no matter where you are in your learning journey. Whether you need to take the necessary first steps, deepen your current efforts or accelerate progress, you will find a flexible, adaptable roadmap you can tailor to your personal and organizational needs. It is designed to help foster your continuous growth in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and to help you incorporate its lessons to enhance your conservation work.

The Framework authors carefully selected many excellent resources that are especially relevant to help land trusts prepare for, develop and maintain strong relationships with new partners. As you use the Framework, we hope that you will share your feedback so the Land Trust Alliance can incorporate your experiences into future training and resources, including the Framework itself.

Learn more about the Framework and why it was built by watching the Making the Most of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework and Resources for Change webinar recording.

Why the Framework and Resources for Change was created

Land trusts are, at the heart, community-based organizations. Some land trusts have already been working creatively to expand the ways in which they engage and partner with broader segments of their communities.

Recently, we have heard from many of you, our members, that you are interested in learning more to inform your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journeys. Many land trusts share the conviction that such work is important, but don’t necessarily know where to start or what to do next. The Framework was created with you in mind.

Our goal was to develop a flexible tool to meet your personal and organizational needs. We wanted something that would help you chart your own path from any starting point and foster and guide continuous growth into organizations that incorporate principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at every level.

Alongside you, the Alliance is committed to its own organizational journey, which we are undertaking with humility, patience, and the understanding that while this work is critically important, it is not easy. We are on this path together with our members — both the early adopters leading in this work and those who are just getting started. We are grateful for the guidance and knowledge of those with relevant professional and lived experiences and we continue to be guided by core principles established in our 2020 Common Ground Implementation Framework.

From all of us at the Alliance, we wish you the best on this journey of learning and growth and look forward to working together in a shared commitment to the co-creation of a more inclusive, equitable and resilient future for land conservation.


Representing the breadth of our more than 950 land trust members as well as affiliate members across the nation, the Land Trust Alliance is working toward a visionary, inclusive land trust sector that connects more people to land and nature and better serves the diversity of our communities.

Land conservation is essential to the health and vitality of natural and human communities. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to connect with land and benefit from it, and that our work is at its best and most enduring when it engages, includes and benefits all people — especially centering the leadership, expertise and voices of Black, Indigenous and people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities and others who have been and continue to be excluded and marginalized by our sector. 

The work necessary to embed a community-centered conservation approach and instill the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into every aspect of conservation is critical as the land trust community considers who its leaders, supporters, staff, volunteers and advocates will be in the future.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion-focused learning and action are a vital part of the work ahead of us in the land conservation sector.

We are committed to helping the land trust community evolve to better meet and provide solutions to the challenges of our times, including inequitable access to nature and to all the benefits that healthy, conserved lands and waters provide.


We are deeply grateful for the partnership of the two consultants who developed the Framework: Livia Marqués and Mikki Sager of Food Driven Strategies LLC. We have learned a great deal from their wisdom, perspective and experience, and they have provided us with thoughtful and practical resources to help our sector move forward.

We consider the Framework to be a living document that will grow and evolve with the needs of land trusts, be informed by their feedback, and be periodically updated with new resources as they become available. As such, we want to acknowledge Livia and Mikki as the authors of the original and first edition of the Framework, with the understanding that future revisions will be made by Alliance staff and others.

This complimentary resource is made possible through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service as well as funding from an anonymous foundation.

The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity provider.