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Preserving Nature in the Heart of Indiana. Heather Bacher Executive Director hbacher@cilti.org 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

hbacher@cilti.org

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

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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
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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
  • 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
  • Create the vision
  • Develop an implementation strategy
  • Identify funding, tools and resources
johnson county visioning
Johnson County Visioning

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
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Johnson County Visioning

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

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

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?
johnson county visioning4
Johnson County Visioning

Tips

  • Be inclusive
  • Know what has come before
  • Expect differences of vision
  • Engage experts