Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 873 Concord Street Framingham MA 01701 USA

Mission:

OUR MISSION

To conserve and preserve open spaces and natural resources so that everyone may enjoy them, now and forever. Swift action is the cornerstone of implementing our mission.

When opportunities for land conservation arise, financial and legal resources are often needed on very short notice. Local land trusts and stewards often miss out on important preservation opportunities because they lack immediate access to money or legal assistance, and national land trust organizations are not always able to react quickly.

The LCA Trust can respond with emergency funding and legal assistance in these situations�often making resources available within 24 hours.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Within me I feel a tremendous bond with nature, and I believe with all my heart that we all need to work to preserve our open space and to honor the world around us. LCAT, Inc. works to build awareness of this issue and to give financial assistance to protect valuable land and wild habitat. Once these resources are gone, they cannot be easily recovered. The time to honor, appreciate, and conserve the land is while it is still healthy and whole.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

not only buy land that would make an immediate impact, but build itself to an organization that could raise many times that amount. Ten million dollars now could preserve 4,000 to 20,000 acres every 3 to 5 years. Think of the great impact that would make!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I think this non-profit is so important because it's filling a real need...to protect natural places close to home so people don't have to travel and spend a lot of money to visit the outdoors!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save the world! :-)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

LCAT is an innovative and important organization that fills a niche no other land conservation and advocacy group does. Steve Meltzer, the founder, is passionate about providing immediate funding for land parcels--rural, argicultural, urban, and suburban--when local stewards are unable to act quickly to protect the land from development. LCAT also provides legal counsel to local land stewards when important land parcels are threatened. He is a wise steward himself, gives tirelessly, and has put together a dedicated advisory team. He's also reached out into the local community to mentor young people interested in internships with conservation organizations.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save countless land parcels from development and turn them over to local stewards for community use, agricultural use, and preservation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust, Inc. (LCAT) provides legal guidance and hands-on assistance to residents of towns looking to save their fast disappearing open spaces. Developers have the money to hire high paid lawyers. This puts open space advocates who do not at a disadvantage. It's one of the main reasons residents cannot save land in their own towns for future generations or for farms. LCAT helps level the development playing field by offering legal expertise to residents/local governments during land acquisitions. The Earth can't stay green without the help of organizations like LCAT.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save New England from disastrous over development. Once we sell all our land, it will be hard to dig up the asphalt and return it to farmland. The soil will have been ruined. How are we going to eat if no one thinks ahead enough to save land to grow food

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust, Inc. is a great non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the land that people really care about: in local parks, communities, and in people's neighborhoods.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

LCAT Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to build awareness about the organization and its objectives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning more about the issues involving land preservation and how every individual person can help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save and protect land that matters to people.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had funds to complete the projects it wanted to.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

LCAT is a great non profit!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

LCAT is an important young nonprofit that provides financial and legal resources in an effort to preserve open spaces so that everyone can enjoy them for many years to come. LCAT is unique in their approach of providing emergency funding and assistance swiftly--long before it's too late to help.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

turn abandoned buildings into parks and playgrounds, provide legal assistance and funding to preserve farmland as well as natural open spaces and resources.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The pure passion Steven has for this cause is infectious. He asked me.. "where did you play when you were a kid?" Well, I spent most of my days exploring in the woods, sitting by ponds... simply experiencing the outdoors with my buddies. I didn't have to travel far to experience this.. I walked across the street, cut through my neighbors yard and I was in this special world. The smell of pine needles; the turtles and frogs in the pond—Steven wants all kids to experience this and is doing all that he can through LCAT to accomplish this.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Right now it's about getting the message out there, and they're really working hard to do that through web, social media etc. These are low/minimal cost approaches.. but it would be nice to be able to reach out more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Well, it takes a certain type of person to lead an organization... and this organization has the right guy. Steve inspires and motivates.. that's what you need to succeed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's great to be part of something I believe in.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great... kind and giving people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world by changing priorities.

Ways to make it better...

Great overall experience!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. They need funds to be able to step in and save these land parcels.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a motivated organization that deserves support.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

My Dad formed this organization and is working really hard to make it successful. It is a great concept and I hope to help.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how it has helped me understand all that is involved with the starting and running of a non-profit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I helped my Husband form the LCA Trust because of his passion for preserving natural spaces where people can enjoy them and where they will have the most impact. We are committed to the cause and to making this a successful organization.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really passionate about helping.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really do some good.

Ways to make it better...

more people were involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I formed the LCA Trust to help preserve land that matters. We have developed the concept of IPARP. That is, we will measure our success by the impact we have per acre on real people (impact per acre on real people). Large land tracts in remote locations are great but we are more focussed on the the land next door that is accessible, visible and at risk. We also intend to compete for land in the rough and tumble land acquisition world. I have many years of experience doing just that for real estate developers and I hope to transfer these skills to serve our mission. Please get involved.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do run this organization but I wish I could do it better.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to have a direct impact on the environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, sincere and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really get rolling.

Ways to make it better...

more people would get personally involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

its ability to raise substantial funds for the acquisition of land.

One thing I'd also say is that...

anyone can help by getting involved. You don't need to donate money, just passion.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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