Some properties may be more suitable for protection by our partnership organizations. Increasingly, the Indian River Land Trust has been assisting landowners and local organizations in obtaining resources, completing their projects, and guiding them through complex application processes for state and federal conservation initiatives.
Through the following services provided by IRLT, landowners and/or our conservation partners receive direct assistance in planning, developing and carrying out stewardship and restoration activities on their land.
1. Creation of Baseline Documentation: Every conservation easement held by a qualified organization is required to have a baseline documentation report that is prepared prior to closing and signed by the landowner and easement holder. IRLT staff creates these reports to document the important conservation values protected by the easement and the relevant baseline conditions of the property as necessary to monitor and enforce the easement in the future.
2. Easement Monitoring: As required for most conservation easements, a land trust or other qualified organization must monitor its easements regularly, at least annually, in a manner appropriate to the size and restrictions of each property. IRLT monitors its own easements and assists its partners in monitoring theirs as requested. Monitoring includes a thorough site review of an easement property and recording of documentation (such as reports, updated photographs and maps) for each visit.
3. Land Management: IRLT assists local government and its partner organizations in creating plans for managing new conservation lands, studying carrying capacities of threatened species (such as the 2007 Gopher Tortoise Study) and developing trails and interpretive signage for preserves (such as the Lagoon Greenway). This is an important service to further the management and public recreation goals on our ever increasing network of conservation lands in the county.