A Field Guide to Conservation Finance by Story Clark

By Story Clark

Eventually, a entire e-book on land conservation financing for neighborhood and local conservation leaders. A box consultant to Conservation Finance presents crucial recommendation on tips on how to take on the common concern to conserving deepest land in the US: loss of money. Story Clark dispels the myths that conservationists can entry simply deepest cash managed via members or that simply huge conservation organisations have clout with giant capital markets. She indicates how small land conservation firms can in attaining conservation ambitions utilizing either conventional and state of the art monetary suggestions. Clark outlines crucial instruments for elevating cash, borrowing cash, and decreasing the price of transactions. She covers a number topics together with move charges, voluntary surcharges, vendor financing, revolving money, and undertaking comparable funding courses (PRIs). a transparent, well-written review of the fundamentals of conservation finance with important insights and genuine tales mix to create a e-book that's a useful and available advisor for land trusts looking to defend extra land.

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000-000 22 3/15/08 5:27 PM Page 22 A Field Guide to Conservation Finance director can pick up where the old one left off keeps the next generation of practitioners from having to scrabble around for missing facts. When raising money, attention to detail and good organization is particularly important because donors care that you get it right. It is more important to know the spelling of a donor’s name than whether she likes horseback riding. We had a wealthy donor whose summer mail was routinely sent to her winter address.

Some land trusts conduct field trips to visit protected properties. This is a particularly attractive opportunity for supporters if the properties are under easement and not regularly accessible to the public. Other land trusts create trail systems that encourage citizens to see and enjoy the landscape. Some sponsor workdays, fishing trips, hikes, mountain bike trips, and overnight camping trips; others bring in speakers, take on educational projects such as inviting schools to use protected land, and hold events featuring stories by oldtime landowners or discussions by biologists and ecologists.

Once a land trust has the network, then it can brainstorm likely sources of support and funding for those special properties that may become available. For instance, take a productive wetlands that the land trust hopes someday to purchase and is rumored to soon be for sale. Where are the most realistic sources of revenue to pay for it? State and federal fish and wildlife departments? The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation? NAWCA (North American Wetlands Conservation Act) funding? Neighbors? Bird clubs?

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