Cortes Land Trust Symposium 2013

06-12-2013
Greenways Land Trust was pleased to attend this first Annual Land Trust Symposium hosted on Cortes Island.  Great opportunity to collarorate with other land trusts and learn what different communities are involved with.  Read more..
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LAND TRUST SYMPOSIUM

CORTES ISLAND, November 23 – 24

OFF ISLAND GUESTS

Jennifer Eliason  Manager, Islands Trust Fund, 250-405 5191, jeliason@islandstrust.bc.ca

George Barabas, Board Member, Quadra Island Conservancy and Stewards Society, gmbara@yahoo.com, secretary@quadraislandconservancy.ca

Chuck Desorcy, Director, Greenways Land Trust,   cdesorcy@telus.net 

John Millen, Board Member, Denman Conservancy Association, www.denmanconservancy.org

Andrew Loveridge, Galiano Land and Community Housing Trust (Galiano Green), khaals@shaw.ca, http://activeislands.com/directory/galiano-green-project-galiano- land-and-community-housing-trust 

Liz Webster Executive Director, Savary Island Land Trust Society, silts@telus.net

Janet Southcott, Malaspina Land Conservancy Society, info@malaspinaland.ca, cell 604.414.5994

Rob Southcott, Malaspina Land Conservancy Society, cell 604.414.8910.

Stephanie Cottell, Chair, Thetis Island Nature Conservancy, stephanie.cottell@gmail.com

Suzanne Sarioglu, Treasurer, Thetis Island Nature Conservancy        
Pieter Rutgers, Comox Valley Land Trust, 250-338-9310

 

                                     OUR SHARED VOCABULARY

Land in trust: held by an organization for the collective good

Land Trust: Provincially registered society dedicated to holding land in trust or advocating for its stewardship

Financial Trust: incorporated under the Financial Institution Act – not a land trust

Society: Incorporated with the Province; a Nonprofit organization registered with the BC Societies Act

Charity: A Nonprofit Society with intention for the collective good that has a further tax status from the Federal Government

Conservancy: synonymous with land trustalthough usually has an environmental focus

Covenant: an agreement or promise; voluntary; registered with the land title

Covenant Holder: an organization designated under the Land Title Act; who administers the Covenant

Co-operative: a business entity where members have control through voting

Fee Simple Land: owned land

Eco-gift: donation of land or covenant registered with the Federal Government that renders additional financial tax benefit to the donor

LAND TRUST SYMPOSIUM

November 23

Saturday discussion questions and responses

(statements in bold indicate this response made by more than one participant; the STATEMENT capitalized indicates larger group agreement)
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

providing support for individual land owners /  providing non-profit social housing for low income families / independent education / natural resource – community outreach / conservation / protection and education / land protection / land acquisition / relief of poverty / stewardship

WHY ARE YOU DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING?

passionate about place / instigated by Islands Trust Act/ needed to be a legal entity / ability to guide and manage / create a trust for children / eco-system protection 

WHY DID YOU GET STARTED?

because of the landscape / tax increases / land donated for intentional community /   private land bought by community / to hold covenants / impending forest harvest  /  real estate subdivision pressure / not knowing how to protect land / food access –  local farmers / a void in nature conservation / legislation 

WHAT ARE THE TOOLS YOU ARE USING TO DO IT?

CONSERVATION COVENANT / land purchase and rezoning / land ownership  / mapping /  time / leases and agreements / charity status / education outreach / money / collection of information / land donation / community talent / by-laws / land base documentation / fund raising – grant writing / eco-gifting / net-working / work with Regional District / ‘pre-pay’ reverse interest mortgage / partnership with Islands Trust Fund/ funding land management                        

WHAT WOULD HELP YOU DO THIS BETTER?

land rich but resource poor / regional support / $ from government / endowment funds /    full time staff person / MONEY / critical mass / collection of information /  change of government /  more sense of community / longevity of Board /  knowing where our energy is going /  learning from others with experience / agricultural preservation / “working” lands 

WHAT SKILLS ARE IN THE ROOM?

access to charity and grant writing / elder wisdom / fundraising alternatives / keeping track of volunteer hours / conservation planning / conservation covenant review / political perspective and networking / mapping skills / naturalist education / leadership

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU SEE IN THE FUTURE?

lack of government expertise – lack of covenant writing expertise / no money for enforcement / deciding who best holds the land / negotiating covenants / aligning visions / First Nations engagement 

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE?

invest in land capacity / help the truly homeless / more connection with the land / purchase forest land / more education re sustainability; ecological sustainability /  building capacity 

LAND TRUST SYMPOSIUM

Saturday discussion questions and responses

EMERGING THEMES / STRATEGIES 

PROTECTION OF NATURE

money – fundraising – grant writing /agricultural land protection / tax incentives / different types of covenants / First Nations friendship 

SUSTAINABILITY OF ORGANIZATIONS

funding sustainability / economic activity / organizational opportunities / connections from   away / information sharing / NETWORKING REGIONALLY AMONG GROUPS / maintaining commitment / knowing how to be political / collaborating without risk /  transitioning consciousness / age and value related issues of volunteers / education for diverse groups / accessibility of information /  information sharing / money – fundraising – grant writing 

QUESTIONS GENERATED FOR SUNDAY DISCUSSION 

WHAT IS THE VISION?

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

HOW DO WE SHARE WHERE WE ARE? 

LAND TRUST SYMPOSIUM

November 24

Sunday discussion questions and responses 

WHAT DO WE WANT TO SUSTAIN?

…a compelling vision of:

life / biodiversity / our organizations / our relationship with place / community / wild places / financial ability / a balance between community – economy – biodiversity / human understanding of where we live / vision of inspired consciousness / wonder of nature /  informed, responsible control / youth passion and leadership / mentoring between generations / tools to enact awareness, inspiration, engagement / culture: land-based knowledge / land ethic / sustained learning / joy, hope, and confidence

…compelling is:

meaningful / shared / understood by all involved / experiential knowing 

HELPFUL ‘ALTERNATIVE’ ORGANIZATIONS AND NETWORKS

Museums / Societies such as Mushroom Club, Sierra Club / waste management location – recycling centre – free store / city funding re agriculture / real estate agents / book stores – libraries / local media – newspapers / corporations –co-ops / internet / BC Land Trust Alliance 

STRATEGIES FOR ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY

watershed walks / place-based education / ‘experiences’ education / connecting to home place / wild life meditations in place / unstructured community gatherings / land owner contact re species-at-risk and watersheds / volunteer stewardship /video – blogging – social media / fun, food 

HOW CAN WE HELP EACH OTHER?

contact LTABC for regional funding and connections / start with small collaborations / create next focus for working groups / web presence / group email / access LTABC Land Protection Tool Kit and online Forum for Land Trusts / create a twice a year regional meeting…remembering our

INVISIBLE BOUNDARIES: geographical, coastal locations, cost of travel, resources.

NEXT STEPS

Chuck DeSorcy attended this symposium on behalf of Greenways Land Trust and has offered to post the minutes from this symposium to their website www.greenwaystrust.ca linked on the main page under In the News.  GLT also offered to continue assisting in creating a web presence, and to help organize the next meeting for the group of participating organizations.

 

 








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