Learn More About the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts
Idaho has a strong tradition of land trust and land conservation excellence. All members of ICOLT comply with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices as a condition of membership. These Standards and Practices are organizational operating guidelines that ensure professional integrity and quality. Upholding these standards helps Idaho’s conservation organizations meet their perpetual responsibility to uphold the conservation values of Idaho’s irreplaceable landscapes.
Six of ICOLT's members are accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. They are: The Nature Conservancy, the Wilderness Land Trust, Teton Regional Land Trust, Vital Ground, Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust and Wood River Land Trust. 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.