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Hardcover Conservancy: The Land Trust Movement in America Book

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Conservancy: The Land Trust Movement in America

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Land trusts, or conservancies, protect land by owning it. Although many people are aware of a few large land trusts--The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land, for instance--there are now... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Detailed overview of the land trust movement

Land trusts are held by private organizations to preserve lands, whether as open spaces, key habitats, farmlands, or some other purposes. These trusts have rapidly increased in number over the past few decades, and provide an alternative to publicly held lands such as state or national parks. In this book, Richard Brewer tells the story of these trusts. He provides extensive documentation of the land trust movement and its growth. He's weaker on the explanatory story - - why, exactly, have land trusts become so popular? Both this strength and weakness reflect his own interest, as an ecologist and an activist, not a social scientist. He's more interested in doing land trusts than in explaining them. In fact, much of the book is a how-to and why-to book, an argument about why trusts are important and a guide to forming your own land trust. Some questions he addresses include: if you're thinking of preserving your own land, would you want to donate it to an organization or create conservation easements? If you're thinking of creating a local land trust, what kinds of lands might you want to preserve? By putting such practical questions within a larger history of the movement he grounds them very effectively. The book also includes case studies of a large diversity of trusts, with short sections on a range of local trusts and a couple chapters on larger organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Lands, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. If you are interested in land trusts, especially if you'd like to start one or manage one, this is your book.

Leading book in its field

Brewer's book has been invaluable to me as a new land trust board member, providing the essential history of the field as well as exploring all facets of what land trusts do. I found it so useful I gave copies to our board and staff. Very well written with just the faintest hint of wit. A keeper, as they say.

Excellent introduction to the land trust movement

This book is a great overview of the land trust movement. It covers everything from the history of land trusts to the tools land trusts use. There are also brief chapters on some of the larger organizations such as the Land Trust Alliance, the Nature Conservancy, and the Trust for Public Lands. Those who have been in the field for a while may not find this book extremely useful but it is exactly what I would recommend to anyone new to land trusts.

Truly helpful!

I devoured this book just before a job interview with a land trust and referenced it often in my presentation to the hiring committee. The book was amazingly user-friendly. I had a good understanding of ecosystems and conservation but had not been introduced to land trusts. Brewer gave me the context for the local organization and helped me understand the value proposition of tools like conservation easements. I did get that job and still use this book often. I intend to buy one for every new volunteer board member so that they can truly understand what our mission is and how to sell it to those who don't yet get it.

Great overview

I found this book to be an excellent resource for those interested in Land Trusts and what they do. I am presently employed by one of the Land Trusts mentioned in this book and I think that Mr. Brewer is very fair and honest in his descriptions.
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