Some 1,700 land trusts work across America, collectively protecting an estimated one million acres every year. Many land trusts have bold vision, yet tight budgets and competing priorities. We help local conservationists succeed by providing flexible financing and capacity to swiftly purchase high-priority lands that come up for sale.
Because we actively work in land conservation, we’re able to evaluate potential projects and counsel land trust staff on real estate transactions and related needs, such as fundraising and marketing. We are a conservation leader, not just a lender.
Since our first loan in 1993, we’ve made a lasting impact on American land conservation. Today, our fund stands at roughly $25 million. By continually revolving these dollars, we have provided more than $85 million in more than 150 loans to roughly 100 partners. With our backing, local conservationists have protected more than 95,000 acres across 30 states—lands valued at nearly $200 million. These include at least seven battlefields, five state parks, 25 natural areas for wildlife, eight forests, 35 farms, 17 historic sites, eight trails, 23 open space areas and much more.
What We Offer:
- Experience: We offer technical assistance throughout a real estate deal.
- Flexibility: We provide a practical payment schedule, collateral requests and rates.
- Momentum: We’re committed to moving swiftly, keeping you on schedule.
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