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Preserving Nature in the Heart of Indiana. Heather Bacher Executive Director [email protected] 317-631-LAND (5263). What is a Land Trust?. Private nonprofit organizations working to conserve land Focus might be natural, recreational, scenic, historical or productive values

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Heather bacher executive director hbacher@cilti org 317 631 land 5263

Preserving Nature in the Heart of Indiana

Heather Bacher

Executive Director

[email protected]

317-631-LAND (5263)


What is a land trust
What is a Land Trust?

  • Private nonprofit organizations working to conserve land

  • Focus might be natural, recreational, scenic, historical or productive values

  • Tools include land acquisition and/or the acquisition of development rights


Growth in the number of land trusts 1950 2003
Growth in the Number of Land Trusts, 1950 - 2003

From the 2003 National Land Trust Census



Acres Protect, 1990 vs 2003

From the 2003 National Land Trust Census


Types of land trusts
Types of “Land Trusts”

Differences in scale Differences in focus

  • Central Indiana Land Trust (and other regional trusts)

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana


Our mission
Our mission

Through land Protection, Stewardship and Education, the Central Indiana Land Trust Inc. preserves biological diversity and enhances life in our communities for present and future generations.


Ongoing goals of cilti
Ongoing Goals of CILTI

  • Increase the number of acres protected

  • Expand community involvement in conservation

  • Enhance quality of life for Central Indiana Hoosiers


Cilti land protection activities
CILTI Land Protection Activities

  • Donations of land

  • Fair Market Value Purchases and Bargain Sales

  • Conservation Easements


Being strategic
Being Strategic

Land trusts have the techniques…

must also have strategies.

  • Where to expend resources

  • What land to protect

  • How to protect it

  • With whom to partner


Current Trends Scenario, from luci2 Urban Simulation Model

By the IUPUI Center for Urban Policy and the Environment

Visit urbancenter.iupui.edu for more info on luci2


Strategic conservation the next generation of conservation action
Strategic Conservation - the next generation of conservation action?

  • Promoting Green Infrastructure

    • What to develop and what to preserve

    • Based in Science and Community

    • Coordinated with planning for gray infrastructure

      “Designed holistically, planned comprehensively, laid out strategically, planned and implemented publicly, grounded in principles and practices of diverse professions, funded up-front”

      www.greeninfrastructure.net


Issues
Issues action?

  • Timing is everything

  • Advantages to Land Trusts promoting GI

    Regional, nonprofit (can fundraise), not political, mission-based, can provide framework for more proactive approach, shared vision can reduce conflict surrounding new development, increased quality of life

  • Disadvantages

    No authority, controversial, can annoy landowners, developers, local officials etc., mission drift?


One possible process toward gi
One Possible Process toward GI action?

  • Create the vision

  • Develop an implementation strategy

  • Identify funding, tools and resources


Johnson county visioning
Johnson County Visioning action?

Important Elements

  • Partnership with the Johnson County Community Foundation

  • Engagement of stakeholders in the planning process

    local government involvement

    community participation

  • Learning from other models


Johnson county visioning1
Johnson County Visioning action?

Our Process

  • Initial meeting with invited stakeholders hosted by the community foundation

  • Creation of an advisory group/steering committee

  • One-on-one meetings with officials and other important stakeholders

  • Community interactive forums

  • Engage stakeholders in the planning process

  • Produce a product/report for all to see


Johnson county visioning2
Johnson County Visioning action?

Goals

  • Identify the significant land use issues for the county,

  • Prioritize the issues identified in the process,

  • Work with a Johnson County Advisory Committee to identify shared values and create a Vision Statement


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Johnson County Visioning action?

Outcomes

  • Comprehensive view of the needs and opportunities

  • Guide for officials and conservation organizations

  • Ability to plan ahead rather than retrofit greenspace

    (a plan to guide growth that would provide for conservation)

  • Just the beginning of a regional effort?

  • Outcomes for other stakeholders?


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Johnson County Visioning action?

Tips

  • Be inclusive

  • Know what has come before

  • Expect differences of vision

  • Engage experts


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