Background & History
ONE Alliance |33 land trusts | 1 million acres | representing 100,000 British Columbian volunteers, donors and members
WE are the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia (LTABC) representing 33 land trust members across the province. Associate members (consultants, environmental groups and individuals) bring our total membership to one hundred. Since 1997 when LTABC was established, we have developed educational, research and resource programs that have helped conservation groups steward, protect and restore BC’s natural and cultural diversity. BC land trusts, with the help of generous donors and willing land owners, have now protected well over one million acres of significant land. You can become a member by clicking here.
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.