Mission: The mission of the texas agricultural land trust (talt) is to conserve the texas heritage of agricultural lands, natural resources and wildlife habitats. Talt works to sustain the long-term stewardship of private lands for the benefit of all texans. Talt accomplishes its mission through the use of voluntary conservation measures and through education and outreach efforts. Talt partners with private landowners to negotiate and transact conservation easements that protect important conservation values, in accordance with irc section 170(h). These privately stewarded lands provide public benefits such as productive agricultural lands, scenic views, drinking water protection, natural wildlife habitat and open space. Additionally, with a state that holds 94% privately owned lands, talt works to educate the public on the many public benefits provided by the stewardship of private lands, and to educate texas landowners about the use of conservation easements. Since 2007, talt has helped lando
Programs: Outreach: talt's outreach work falls into two categories: to educate landowners and their advisors on how to use conservation easements to protect, conserve and pass land down to future generations; and to educate the general public about the benefits private working lands provide - such as clean and plentiful drinking water, domestic and affordable food and fiber, and wildlife habitat - and the need to protect those lands for the benefit of all texans. Education and outreach programs occur in a wide variety of formats and reach diverse audiences. During the tax year, some of talt's outreach efforts included: landowner workshops in victoria, bay city and austin; sponsorship and attendance at the texas and southwestern cattle raisers ranch gatherings across the state; hosting information booths at the texas wildlife association annual convention, tsswcb, texas and southwestern cattle raisers annual conventions, texas chapter of the wildlife society annual meeting, south texas property rights association annual meeting; trans-pecos wildlife conference, and the texas grazing land coalition workshop. In addition, talt celebrated its 10th anniversary in march of 2018 with a fundraising celebration in victoria, tx. One hundred and twenty local landowners and statewide supporters attended the event to celebrate 10 years of conservation of working lands. Talts anniversary was also commemorated through texas senate proclamation 312 commending talt for preserving the states agricultural lands. Through the use of its newsletter, social media and speaking engagements, talt educates an urban audience regarding the public benefits of rural working lands. Talt staff and board members additionally penned several opinion editorials that were published in major texas newspapers highlighting the values of private working lands, as they relate to current events.
conservation easements to protect working lands: talt partners with landowners who seek donated conservation easements, purchase of development rights, and mitigation banking conservation easements. Talt staff provides professional, efficient, responsive and experienced service for the negotiations of conservation easements. Talt will then monitor and steward these easements on an annual basis. Talt's processes have been developed over the past eleven years and incorporate best management practices from the land trust alliance (lta) and from members of the partnership of rangeland trusts (port). At the end of the tax year, talt held conservation easements on over 226,000 acres of texas farms and ranches throughout the state. Talt today is the largest state-based land trust in texas and numbers among in the top 15 regional or state wide land trusts in the country according to a recent lta census.
Texas Agricultural Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Texas Agricultural Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Texas Agricultural 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.