The Natural Resources Conservation Service is partnering with the Land Trust Alliance to ensure the success of the public's investment in conservation easements under the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.
This formal agreement will make the Alliance's integrated suite of online and in-person information and training resources available to all NRCS partners through the FRPP, building their capacity and ensuring the long-term stewardship of conservation easements.
"I welcome this partnership as a way to share the collective wisdom of the private land conservation community gained over the past 30 years," said Land Trust Alliance President Rand Wentworth. "We offer efficient and effective delivery of authoritative information and training that is the best in the land conservation community."
With the collaboration of the land trust community, the Alliance first created Land Trust Standards and Practices in 1989. These are the guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust which is run legally, ethically and in the public interest, and which conducts a sound program of land transactions and stewardship.
The Alliance also created the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, to recognize land trusts that meet national quality standards, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.
A key aspect of the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program is the public-private partnership. The NRCS and Land Trust Alliance partnership provides training and other resources to entities applying for FRPP funding, which will foster stronger conservation partnerships on individual FRPP projects.
The Alliance will provide NRCS\FRPP partners with a voucher worth $250 to be used for training opportunities and access to its online Learning Center.
The online Learning Center provides authoritative, current and accurate information for and about land conservation; the Standards and Practices Curriculum; forums to ask questions of experts; a searchable library; and the Conservation Defense Clearinghouse, a collection of legal information on voluntary land conservation.
Training opportunities include on-line training through webinars, while in-person training will be delivered at the National Land Conservation Conference and regional workshops.
To request these services, NRCS/FRPP partners should complete an application form and submit that to the Alliance. Download a form or contact Bart Zerfas at firstname.lastname@example.org/202-800-2211 for more information.