Technical documents from the Centre for Land Conservation:



Reference documents ONLY:

What Your Land Trust Can Do?

If Land Trusts are to keep the public’s trust, we must act ethically and responsibly at all times. In 2005 the Land Trust Alliance of BC worked with advisors across the country and the newly forming Canadian Land Trust Alliance to revise the Land Trust Standards and Practices based on the Standards and Practices of the Land Trust Alliance of the United States. In 2019, (CLTA) CLC revised the Standards & Practices.

Background: The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia developed the self-assessment tool in 2008 and updated this on-line self-assessment tool to reflect the 2019 revisions to the Canadian Land Trust Standards & Practices.

These revisions, under taken by CLTA, followed revisions to the US program. In 2019, CLTA became the Centre for Land Conservation (CLC) which is exploring options for a performance appraisal system for the Standards & Practices. Information is available at

LTABC’s self-assessment tool is available to land trusts members and associate land trusts through assigned passwords.

Self-assessment tool: The tool provides land trusts numerous several options and resources:

  1. The ability to register and have multiple individuals within your land trust work on the program at the same time.
  2. The capability to rank each standard and practice with a high, low and medium importance to gauge progress on the program.
  3. Shared notes between those working on the program within your land trust.
  4. Capacity to upload your final document and ensure records are available permanently as a resource for your land trust.
  5. An option to share policies, guidelines, protocols with the wider land trust community.
  6. A resource bank of documents developed by other land trusts, conservation organizations and charities that serve as templates.

Registering Your Land Trust: The self-assessment tool is a work in progress and resources and templates are constantly being added and updated. In addition to the documents available here, the Alliance of Canadian Land Trusts provides reference materials from across the country supplied by LTABC, OLTA and RMN.

If your land trust would like as assigned user name and passcode please contact Paul McNair, Executive Director at

Official Support & Recognition: LTABC requests all land trusts to adopt a motion indicating an organizational willingness to use the S&P as guiding principles for organizational excellence and effectiveness. The motion is as follows:


The following land trust Boards of Directors have passed motions in support of this practice (2020-22):

Calgary River Forum Society
Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island
Gabriola Commons Foundation
Gabriola Land & Trails Trust
Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society
Mayne Island Conservancy
Nanaimo & Area Land Trust
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Nature Conservancy of the North Okanagan Society
Salt Spring Island Conservancy
Southern Interior Land Trust Society
Thetis Island Nature Conservancy
Valdes Island Conservancy
Valhalla Foundation for Ecology
Valhalla Wilderness Society
Western Sky Land Trust

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