Alliance of Canadian Land Trusts
The Alliance of Canadian Land Trusts (ACLT) has been established through the work of the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia (LTABC), Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA), and Réseau de milieux naturels protégés (RMN) along with the Canadian Land Trust Working Group and other partners, including prairie and maritime land trusts. Consultation undertaken in the summer of 2021 indicated overwhelming support from land trusts across Canada for the creation of a new national land trust organization.
ACLT’s mission is to strengthen and advance land conservation across Canada. ACLT has a national mandate of advancing conservation to protect more land and natural resources; to support the use of best practices for governance and operation; and to ensure Canadian land trusts achieve long-lasting conservation solutions.
Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia
Our history dates to 1997 when LTABC was founded. Our annual three-day conservation training and networking event – the Seminar Series, is an opportunity for dialogue and learning on topics from stewardship to environmental trends, fundraising and species at risk. LTABC also provides training and educational support to regional networks and professionals associated with land conservation. Each month, we publish e-news, a listing of events, news, jobs and funding opportunities. Annually we publish LAND, LTABC’s magazine, promoting the work of land trusts in BC. We also offer an online e-mail newsletter.
In our early years, we created the custom database – Protected Lands Catalogue (PLC) and its associated web-based Registry for all to track and plan conservation initiatives. We have completed other research projects including: What makes a Successful Organization, Monitoring of Conservation Lands across Canada, a Report on Measuring the Economic Benefits of Natural Areas, a pilot study on the Property Assessment Values on Conservation Lands and many other specific research topics important to further conservation in BC.
Our published resources are extensive, ranging from the award-winning Islands in the Salish Sea Community Atlas, CD’s on Baseline Inventories and Template documents, to a series of public Conservation Info kits and brochures. We also provide our members with financial services, including a group insurance program and small grants as they are available.
Ontario Land Trust Alliance
The OLTA was established in 1997 as a committee of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists known as the Ontario Nature Trust Alliance with 14 founding members. In July 2002, with a membership of 23 land trusts, it was decided to incorporate as a new independent organization named the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. This change better reflected the activities of all its members, which now included recreational, agricultural and built heritage as well as natural heritage properties.
OLTA promotes excellence in land conservation throughout its land trust member network by providing professional support and assistance, securing funding, promoting organizational excellence and representing the collective voice of the land trusts. OLTA works to advance overall excellence in community land conservation in Ontario as a nonpartisan and independent organization that promotes best practices and organizational excellence. It aggregates and shares land trust data and partners in research and education to contribute to conservation planning expertise. It also continues to operate and expand as a trusted funding program administrator to support the sector.
The OLTA also facilitates many learning and education opportunities for their members as well as the public. The OLTA Land Trust Gathering is the annual training, skills development and networking conference bringing together land trust, conservation professionals and those in the broader environmental industry and the charitable sector from across Ontario. Conference participants benefit from workshops and plenary sessions. Webinars and training workshops are just a few of the many other different resources created and distributed by the OLTA to benefit the conservation community.
Réseau de milieux naturels protégés
Réseau de milieu naturels protégés (RMN) was created in 1993 as a non-profit organization in order to give a collective voice to the private conservation sector. Prior to that, seven organizations made up the “Regroupement des organismes propriétaires de milieux naturels protégés du Québec”. Together, they developed new conservation practices in Québec and worked on crucial issues such as tax law, land use planning, and increasing funding for conservation organizations.
Since then, the conservation world has continued to evolve. With increased interest in protecting privately owned land, there came a greater need for capacity building services in the conservation sector. Numerous new conservation organizations began to form and joined forces with RMN, building a strong collaborative network. In 2004, the Réseau de milieux naturels protégés was created as we know it today. Building momentum in the beginning of the millennium, RMN continued to expand its expertise while its members increased their conservation land acquisitions. Along with their support, experience and knowledge, RMN refined conservation techniques, management practices and stewardship capacities.
These days, individuals also engage in private land conservation agreements and new conservation bodies are being established more frequently. Thanks to the efforts of these groups working with local governments, municipalities are now actively engaging more and more in protecting the environment in their jurisdictions.
RMN currently represents the majority of Québec’s conservation organizations, also known as land trusts, and a great number of other conservation actors and local governing bodies. We focus our efforts on preserving our natural heritage since natural spaces contribute to a healthy lifestyle and provide economic, social, and environmental services to our communities. Our mission is to protect these environments by promoting and encouraging the voluntary conservation movement Québec. In doing so, we ensure that conservation concerns are communicated publicly and prioritized by our governments, as well as assisting people interested in conservation and developing financial aid programs.