About the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts
The Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT), created in 2010, is a group of nineteen separate nonprofit land trust organizations and two local and state government-sponsored programs working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements throughout the state of Idaho. ICOLT also helps to coordinate association membership to achieve legislative, administrative, communications and policy goals.
ICOLT is composed of these 19 members:
- Blaine County Land, Water & Wildlife Program, Ketchum
- City of Boise Foothills and Open Space Program, Boise
- Kaniksu Land Trust, Sandpoint
- Heart of the Rockies Initiative, Driggs
- Inland Northwest Land Trust, Spokane, WA
- Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Boise
- Lemhi Regional Land Trust, Salmon
- Palouse Land Trust, Moscow
- Payette Land Trust, McCall
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Boise
- Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust, Pocatello
- Southern Idaho Land Trust, Twin Falls
- Teton Regional Land Trust, Driggs
- The Conservation Fund, Northwest Regional Office, Hailey
- The Nature Conservancy, Idaho Chapter, Hailey
- The Trust for Public Land, Northern Rockies Field Office, Helena, MT
- The Vital Ground Foundation, Missoula, MT
- The Wilderness Land Trust, Carbondale, CO
- Wood River Land Trust, Hailey
To find out more about the members of ICOLT, click here.
Land trusts work with private landowners to maintain working farms, forests and ranches; preserve water quality; protect wildlife habitat; conserve natural areas and retain the values that make Idaho a wonderful place to live, work and recreate.
Idaho has a strong tradition of land trust and land conservation excellence. The members of ICOLT comply with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices as a condition of membership. Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices are rigorous national standards that assure land trusts operate with professional integrity and quality. Upholding these standards helps ensure Idaho’s conservation organizations can meet their perpetual responsibility to uphold the conservation values of Idaho’s irreplaceable landscapes. Four of ICOLT's members have received accreditation They are: The Nature Conservancy and Wilderness Land Trust. Plus, two Idaho land trusts - Teton Regional Land Trust and Wood River Land Trust - are also among the first land trusts nationally to receive accreditation status from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, private land conservation’s highest certification. Several other of Idaho’s land trusts are currently engaged in the accreditation process.
Land trusts negotiate voluntary agreements with landowners that limit commercial development and residential subdivision of the property. In essence, land trusts acquire, and then retire, development rights of the property. Conservation easements have potential federal estate tax and federal income tax benefits for landowners. Many land trusts work with local, county and federal programs that provide public funding for land conservation. Some land trusts have active trails and outdoor recreation programs.
Idaho land trusts have assisted private landowners in conserving over 315,000 acres in the state, and thanks to federal conservation tax incentives and the quality work of land trusts, the pace of private land conservation has increased in recent years.