North Branch Land Trust is a conservation organization focused on helping landowners conserve their property and helping communities develop smart growth strategies for the benefit of their citizens. Primarily, the Land Trust accomplishes its mission by accepting donations of development or subdivision rights on land, through a legal agreement called a conservation easement. Less frequently, the Land Trust will seek financial resources to purchase development rights on land. The Land Trust is also the receptacle for gifts of land or other real property. North Branch Land Trust relies almost exclusively on memberships, gifts and grants to accomplish its mission.
“The North Branch Land Trust works in partnership with landowners and their communities to conserve the natural, working, and scenic landscapes in Northeastern Pennsylvania that sustain us”.
The North Branch Land Trust will forever strive to be the respected conservation leader throughout our service area by conserving important natural assets and by helping to foster sustainable communities that can maintain a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life for their citizens. We will work diligently to instill a strong land stewardship ethic in partnership with private landowners, community planners, land developers, and public agencies. We recognize our self-imposed responsibility to create a better world for all and we rise to this challenge with the utmost resolve to succeed.
CORE VALUES OF THE TRUST
Although there are many important principles that guide our work, the North Branch Land Trust emphasizes the following values as core to our efforts.
- We are committed to preserving the beauty and environmental health of Pennsylvania for the benefit of future generations..
- We are committed to achieving that goal by working in collaboration with individuals, organizations, businesses, communities, and governments on all levels.
- We are committed to helping create a sustainable balance between the economic growth and the healthy, natural surroundings that sustain flourishing communities.
- We are committed to conserving a wide variety of natural landscapes for the benefit of all living things, utilizing the standards and practices established by the national Land Trust Alliance.
- We are committed to working at all times with the highest degree of informed, conscientious, and cutting-edge professionalism.
GOALS AND STRATEGIES
1. The most important lands in our region are conserved.
- Develop & prioritize strategic conservation areas within the service area
- Engage landowners in priority areas in an effort to protect these properties
- Establish stewardship & defense costs for conservation easement or fee acquisition projects
- Ensure financial & administrative support is available to complete conservation projects
2. The Land Trust has the capacity to meet the most pressing land conservation needs in the community.
- Develop and maintain a strong and diverse Board of Directors
- Develop a stable and growing base of financial support.
- Provide the resources and development opportunities to ensure an effective, professional staff.
- Establish & maintain committees, volunteer & advisor networks, and professional partners
- Develop the organization’s policies, plans, technology and infrastructure
3. The community understands and values conservation of private and public land.
- Broadly educate the community about the importance of land conservation.
- Target education efforts toward policy makers, community leaders and landowner advisors.
4. The lands held by conservation easement are properly stewarded & defended in perpetuity.
- Ensure the necessary project documents & monetary & physical assets are on hand to meet LTA standards
- Ensure each eased property is being stewarded to NBLT & LTA standards
5. The lands owned in fee are properly managed, stewarded & defended
- Ensure the necessary project documents & monetary & physical assets are on hand
- Ensure each fee property is being managed to its potential
Phone: (570) 310-1781 | Fax: (570) 310-1791