What you will need to form a legal land trust to buy and hold land and conservation restrictions in Massachusetts.
Many communities across the Commonwealth have come together in search of the tools they need to protect land from development. Forming a land trust organization provides communities with the legal entity they need to buy and hold land and conservation restrictions. The decision to form a land trust is not easy. Founders need considerable resources in dedicated volunteers and money and a strong, long-term commitment.
There are considerable resources available to individuals and groups considering this worthy yet time-consuming endeavor. Organizations such as the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (www.massland.org), Land Trust Alliance (www.lta.org), statewide land trusts like Massachusetts Audubon Society (www.massaudubon.org), The Nature Conservancy (nature.org), and The Trustees(www.ttor.org) and are available to lend assistance. Likewise, local and regional land trusts can offer their stories and advice. (For a list of land trusts in Massachusetts see www.massland.org/list-of-land-trusts.)