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Conservation Trusts

Sally K. Fairfax (author) Darler Guenzler (author)

ISBN: 9780700610785

Publication Date: Apr 2001

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

This title examines a variety of conservation organizations in the United States built on or close to trust principles, some government creations, some private, some combinations of the two, to explain how conservation trusts are created and how they work.

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In the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, a conservation trust helped stabilize and regenerate the damaged area. When bird habitats along the Platte River were threatened by Grayrocks Dam, a similar trust came to their rescue. And if a family wants to protect its land for future generations, establishing a trust may be the best solution. For more than a century, bequests of land and funds for environmental protection have been common, but in recent decades the trusts used to address conservation issues and resolve environmental disputes have diversified and grown significantly. This book examines a variety of conservation organizations built on or close to trust principles - some government creations, some private, some combinations of the two - to explain how conservation trusts are created and how they work. It explores strengths and weaknesses of the trust concept, considers the widespread use of land trusts, and presents case studies that both illustrate successes and give instructive examples of potential pitfalls. Drawing on cases from Maine to Hawaii, the authors examine the different kinds and configurations of trusts. They consider government trusts that blend federal, state, and local agencies into a single entity or that derive funding from outside legislative and executive channels; trusts established by government and private cooperation to share responsibility for jointly held and managed resources; and trusts established by private organizations and families. For each type, they explain why each is created, how it operates, and whether it has been proven effective. They also address the important issue of accountability - and consider when a trust is not the answer to a problem. As more Americans reject federal control of land in favor of local determination, land trusts have become the most popular tool for the preservation of land, habitats, and species. And as the sharing of authority among public, private, and diverse government partners becomes more prevalent, sound guidelines for establishing effective trusts are critical. This book shows how the trust template provides an invaluable approach for future conservation efforts and is a primer for anyone involved in environmental management.
Illustrations 8 photographs
Pages 248
Date Published 30 Apr 2001
Publisher University Press of Kansas
Series Development of Western Resources
Subject/s Management of land & natural resources   Conservation of the environment   Property law   Equity & trusts  
Sally K. Fairfax is professor of natural resource policy, administration, and law at the University of California, Berkeley, and coauthor of State Trust Lands: History, Management, and Sustainable Use, also published by Kansas. Darla Guenzler is associate director of the Bay Area Open Space Council.

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