ADIRONDACK LAND TRUST INC

Lasting Conservation Since 1984

Keene, NY   |  adirondacklandtrust.org

Mission

The mission of the Adirondack Land Trust is to forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters and wild places that advance the quality of life of our communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Mr. Michael T. Carr

Main address

2861 NYS Route 73 P.O. Box 130

Keene, NY 12942 USA

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EIN

22-2559576

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

Rural (S32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Adirondack Land Trust (ALT) identified four regional areas of need where we believe we can make the most difference: Land, Water, Community and Climate. LAND: The Adirondacks contains one of the largest intact temperate-deciduous forests in the world, third in size only to roadless regions of India and Tasmania. It requires diligence, a deep connection to place, and on-the-ground action to maintain this landscape’s rare balance of community, working lands and wildlands. WATER: Clean water is essential to Adirondack ecosystems and communities, and is becoming a rarity across the U.S. COMMUNITY: The Adirondack Park is distinguished from other parts of the U.S. by small communities dispersed among protected lands. The region is a living example of how people benefit from nature. CLIMATE: Adirondack lands and waters are among the most resilient to climate change in the eastern U.S., but climate change is profoundly affecting our lands, waters and livelihoods.

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Land Protection

Land protection criteria:
—Sustain rural economies through working farms and forests and the ecosystem services provided by protected lands.
—Link people to the land by protecting the Adirondack Park's natural aesthetics, and increasing community connections to the natural areas that surround them.
—Protect habitat for native plants and animals.
—Provide a hedge against climate change, for the benefit of natural and human communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Accreditation Commission Certification 2019

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LAND: ALT is working to sustain our region’s intact forests and small farms, and to protect smaller but significant tracts that advance community goals, strengthen connections between people and open space, and provide essential habitat.

WATER: ALT uses land protection tools and advocacy to secure a future in which native aquatic species thrive, and people have access to clean water for drinking and enjoyment.

COMMUNITY: ALT works with communities to make this region an even better and healthier place to live, work and play. ALT’s land, water and climate strategies offer co-benefits for people, and we seek to use our conservation tools to help improve community life in other ways.

CLIMATE: ALT engages in land protection and advocacy to sequester carbon, support wildlife adaptation and climate migration, mitigate flooding, reduce stresses on aquatic life, and advance alternative energy development.

LAND

Work with owners of large private tracts to conserve and steward their lands.

Work in partnership with other organizations to secure wildlife linkages to keep natural areas connected.

Advocate for tax laws that support private land conservation and for full funding of government environmental protection funds.

Refine project-selection criteria to identify priority forests, farmlands, ecosystems and strategic recreation lands.

Work to establish new partnerships to help sustain farmers and strengthen their conservation impact.

Work to ensure that managed forests are in stable conservation-oriented ownership.

Help owners of tracts under our conservation easements to achieve mutual goals for those lands.

Identify partnerships that increase our knowledge and to which we can add value; we will strengthen science capacity and other expertise we can’t gain through partnership.

Work through the Land Trust Alliance and with partner organizations at federal and state level to ensure Adirondack perspectives are heard.

WATER

Identify buffer (water-quality protection) gaps by working with communities, state and federal agencies, and other organizations.

Refine project-selection criteria to identify waters of highest conservation value.

Establish project-selection criteria by best available science and other expertise (e.g., high climate resilience).

Work to build partnerships with water-focused organizations to which we can add value.

COMMUNITY

Partner with communities, landowner and lake associations, and state agencies to:

- Protect lands that offer ecologically sustainable recreational access to open space, trails and waters.
- Protect scenic vistas, beloved landscapes and other lands that enhance community character and sense of place.
- Help solve infrastructure challenges through land protection.

Reach out to new audiences of people who care about the Adirondacks, and to communities where ALT is unknown.

Develop and disseminate information for people interested in learning how to conserve their lands.

Advocate for policies that support sustainable Adirondack economies and recreation.

CLIMATE

Amplify our effectiveness through transboundary partnerships to help ensure animals and plants can migrate and find climate refuge.

Identify the best-available science to update our project-selection criteria to identify lands and waters of high resilience and conservation value.

Work with communities and energy developers to identify and secure sites that are suitable for renewable energy generation and simultaneously advance other conservation goals.

Our relationships with landowners and communities reflect 36 years of work. ALT is a reliable partner to communities, New York State and conservation organizations. Our strengths include a deep network of partners, transaction and stewardship expertise, measurable conservation action, financial capacity to carry out perpetual stewardship of our conservation commitments, and science-informed decisions. We have a skilled team of ten full-time staff, a dedicated board, and a passionate base of supporters.

The Adirondack Land Trust has protected 26,632 acres at 90 sites. We own and manage two preserves totaling 600 acres, and we work with communities and private landowners to manage 16,000 acres under conservation easement. We have protected 20 working farms and 24 tracts for addition to New York State’s Forever-Wild Forest Preserve.

Looking forward, the Adirondack Land Trust will seek innovative ways to finance and significantly scale up this work — to ensure that the Adirondack Park remains a thriving and globally important refuge for people and nature a century from now and beyond. We will use our conservation tools for the good of Adirondack forests, waters and communities, and we will take bold on-the-ground action to limit climate change.

Financials

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ADIRONDACK LAND TRUST INC

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
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Board chair

Mr. William Paternotte

Brown Advisory

Term: 2017 - 2024

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