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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The upper valley land trust helps people conserve land. Uvlt provides conservation leadership, tools and expertise to permanently protect working farms, forested ridges, wildlife habitat, water resources, trails and scenic landscapes. Our conservation projects secure and sustain the mixture of land uses so critical to the vitality and identity of the upper valley region.

Programs: Land conservation: we work with local conservation commissions, volunteers and partners to identify and prioritize land conservation opportunities. Our conservation transactions include donated conservation agreements and purchases, land received through bequests or bought outright. We provide technical assistance and conservation solutions for landowners. We hold permanent restrictions (conservation easements or fee title) to conserve key properties forever.

conservation easement and land stewardship: we uphold conservation protections on permanently-conserved parcels of land. We protect the conservation interests entrusted to us through strong relationships with landowners and regular inspections of all protected lands. Land management and use of fee-owned lands are geared, where appropriate, toward providing public access and creating educational opportunities. We maintain trails and campsites and own several natural areas.

conservation education- through publications, events, and outdoor programs, we educate, empower, motivate, and inspire people to support land conservation and stewardship by voluntary action. We engage private and public support and build partnerships to carry out conservation transactions. We encourage civic participation in conservation strategies and priorities. We encourage people to enjoy and care for open space and natural resources.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Upper Valley Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Upper Valley Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Upper Valley 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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Upper Valley Land Trust for a relatively short period of time but have been impressed with the job they do for many years. Although UVLT is only about twenty years old it now ranks amongst the largest in the country in terms of acreage persevered. The amount of work that is done each year by a small dedicated staff, a very active Board of Trustees and a large number of unpaid volunteers is quite extraordinary. Careful attention is focused on every proposed and current easement to see that each is created and maintained in keeping with the highest standards individually appropriate to each piece of property.

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Donor

Rating: 5

UVLT has been a delightful and professional partner in our efforts to conserve our farmland forever. We're so proud to have such a great organization doing such important work in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The UVLT has an incredible, creative staff that is helping individuals and communities preserve the wonderful farmlands, waterways and animal habitats that make our region such a special place to live and visit. A recent example is the conservation of a wetlands area which was being used by several nearby schools for nature studies but was up for sale to be developed - the UVLT folks persevered in arranging part of the funds to acquire the land - and their determination sparked a community response that raised the remainder, part of which was a heartwarming Christmas activity by the students, who asked their parents to give their gift to the conservation effort so they and the students who followed could continue to learn and enjoy the many aspects of the wetland. With the power of learning outside the classroom being increasingly recognized, the benefits of this effort are important and lasting!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES: 30 years in senior management and strategic planning for this global marketing communications organization, with clients that included Coca-Cola, Gillette and Goodyear. THE WISE ASSOCIATES: 16 years as president of this marketing consultancy, which helps any enterprise manage change strategically and efficiently through disciplined marketing communications. Non-profit clients include Archdiocese of New York (Catholic); Chambers of Commerce in Hanover, NH; Lebanon, NH; and Hartford VT; Lyme (NH) Historians; Great River Arts Institute (Bellows Fall, VT); Northern Stage (White River Junction, VT); Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) Often, clients expect the consultant to solve their problems. The UVLT Board of Trustees is committed to working hard, both internally and/or with an outside resource that may be required. The UVLT leadership also listens to and analyzes ideas and opinions, whether they are in agreement or not, and factor these thoughts into consensus-built decisions, an action plan and subsequent programs and events. They iteratively work with various committees and resources in building their plan of action, rather than dictating what will be done! If there is one 'constructive critique,' it would be for the organization to learn how to