Mission: The southeast land trust cooperates with communities,landowners, and others to ensure that habitat, recreation, open space, and historic areas remain in place for the well-being of each generation.
Programs: In 2014, seal trust successfully completed two conservation easement projects and one fee simple acquisiton, totaling 164 acres. Project development includes: prioritization mapping projects, conservation site selection, due diligence, and acquisition of conservation easement or fee simple properties, including those acquired with funding from developers paid to southeast alaska land trust via their in-lieu fee agreement with the army corps of engineers. This program also includes outreach and communication with landowners, site visits, report preparation, and negotiations with landowners.
in 2014, seal trust worked on its multi-year community coastal impact assistance program (ciap) grant. Through this grant, seal trust is working to develop a uniform wetland assessment tool to minimize losses of specific wetland functions. Seal trust is developing, field testing, and implementing a region-specific freshwater wetlands and intertidal assessment tool and credit-debit method for use by seal trust, regulatory agencies, natural resource professionals, communities, and developers throughout southeast alaska's coastal rainforest.
as of the end of 2014, seal trust has protected 25 properties consisting of 3,313 acres, located in juneau, haines, kake, sitka, farragut bay, and excursion inlet. Stewardship includes management of 11 fee simple properties currently owned by southeast alaska land trust and monitoring 14 conservation easements held by southeast alaska land trust, including meetings with landowners.
stewardship - sealtrust holds lands or conservation interests (conservation easements) in lands throughout southeast alaska. We routinely monitor these lands to insure that the conservation values remain intact and that any use of the lands is consistent with its documented permissible uses. We conduct management activities on fee simple lands as needed.
Southeast Alaska Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Southeast Alaska Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Southeast Alaska Land Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.