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Land Trust Alliance - Boards

Resources for Land Trust Board Members As a board member, your number one job is to direct your land trust. You are part of the land trust's visionary team that establishes its mission, decides its strategic direction and sets policies to help it thrive. And, as a board member, you also serve as an ambassador for the land trust in your community. You help the land trust build relationships with donors, landowners, elected officials and community leaders. Board members play a crucial role in the success of a land trust and we want to support you. The Alliance offers an array of resources for land trust board members: Field Guide This quarterly newsletter is just for board members. Each issue focuses on a topic — like strategic planning, community engagement, major donors and so on. Each Field Guide offers practical insights from experts, plus a look at various ways that land trusts are approaching common challenges. Field Guide is complimentary for board members. To receive your copy of Field Guide or copies for your board email boardservices@lta.org. Please include the names and addresses for the recipients. All-Volunteer Land Trusts It’s a tall order to run a land trust without staff! The Alliance is ramping up support for all-volunteer land trusts, with resources including conference workshops, webinars, an online forum and our free Essentials for Success course . The Learning Center The Learning Center is an online clearinghouse featuring courses, training opportunities, sample documents, groups to post questions and facilitate discussion, and more. Check out the board development collection and the group for board members (under “groups”). If you have questions on using this resource, please email tlc@lta.org. Webinars Training doesn’t have to mean traveling! We offer a wide range of interactive webinars year-round, led by experts in the field. You can learn from the best, right at your own computer. Or go further and turn a webinar into a board-training session. There’s just one low fee for each connection, no matter how many people take part, and you can use the recording for 30 days.  Express Learning Kits Express Learning Kits give you and your board everything you need to hold top-quality interactive trainings on essential land trust topics — right in your own conference room. Each comes with a webinar recording, facilitator’s guide, discussion topics or exercises and resources for learning more. There are several board-focused topics available.  Courses Grow your knowledge. Choose from 18 Standards and Practices courses, including Land Trust Boards: Preparing for Perpetuity. Conferences Conferences offer rich opportunities for learning, networking, and inspiration. Join us at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference or a regional or state conference. Advocates E-newsletter Policy decisions have a huge impact on your land trust’s success — so keep track of them! Our monthly Advocates e-newsletter will keep you up-to-date and give you a voice in pivotal policy decisions. Advocacy Ambassadors You’re already an ambassador in your community. Why not become an Ambassador to Congress? We’ll give you all the training and support you need to build strong, one-to-one relationships with your representatives and advance pro-conservation policies.