Many land trusts around the country have participated in conservation development projects: projects that incorporate some form of development as a means to pay for conservation of an open space portion of a property. The roles land trusts take in such projects range from accepting donated open space or conservation easements on open space within developments to actively advising and partnering with other organizations and developers and even purchasing, designing and developing properties, themselves.
For the last year, Story and her research assistants have gathered a comprehensive collection of data and case studies on this topic. She will present her analysis and conclusions in upcoming publications and presentations. Stay tuned!