Land trusts have already conserved more than 61 million acres in the United States, and the Land Trust Alliance has set a bold goal with its land trust members to conserve another 60 million acres by this end of the decade.
Land conservation is not keeping pace with growing threats to our lands, waters, wildlife and ways of life. There is, however, an answer to these growing threats — accelerating private land conservation.
To do that, the Land Trust Alliance is committed to ensuring land trusts have the necessary information, tools, capacity and resources to do more, faster. In support of our land trust members, we work to secure federal funding and charitable donations, mobilize a new powerbase for conservation and ensure conserved lands serve all people.
To protect more land, land trusts need the help of federal conservation programs. The Alliance works to advance federal policies and secure resources that support land trust to accelerate the pace of voluntary private land conservation.
President Biden’s executive order committing to the conservation of 30% of U.S. lands and oceans by 2030 is an ambitious call to action for the land conservation community. The opportunities to conserve land — and the losses that can be stemmed — are found on private lands. As such, the land trust community has an important role to play to ensure that federal policies, programs and funding sources prioritize private land conservation and catalyze a dramatic increase in the rate of land protection by willing landowners.
The Land Trust Alliance is committed to building support for land trusts and land conservation by encouraging and empowering people to get outside, volunteer, advocate for and donate in support of conservation.
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