There are many activities a land trust must undertake as part of its overall stewardship program, but finding the funding for those activities can be a challenge. Learn how you can anticipate the costs for long-term land management.
Explore the Land
Planning for the future.
Responsible stewardship requires having resources available to monitor owned land, as well as easements, and take effective action if problems emerge. In order to build the reserves you need to provide effective stewardship in perpetuity, you will need to estimate the stewardship costs that will be associated with each new easement or acquisition before acquisition or placing a conservation easement.
Most land trusts find that if they present the full cost of acquisition and stewardship to donors at the beginning of a proposed acquisition or conservation easement, they can build support to cover all the costs. However, that is not the only way to fund stewardship. If the landowner cannot make the full contribution, land trusts need to be ready to explore other options.