By Richard Brewer
Land trusts, or conservancies, safeguard land by means of possessing it. This version of saving land via deepest motion has develop into dominant in basic terms because the Eighties and this e-book bargains an entire remedy of the U.S. land belief stream as a vital function of present efforts to guard the surroundings.
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By this shift, TNC again gave impetus, in a back-handed sort of way, to the formation of local land trusts. Like TNC, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) helped by being a model; unlike TNC, it also actively encouraged the formation of local groups. 63 Why the Save-the-Redwoods League hadn’t spawned California imitators isn’t clear. Perhaps it was so focused on saving redwoods that it had no time for mentoring. Perhaps it seemed too rich and conservative to be recognized as a model by small, poor local groups with what they saw as a revolutionary impulse.
He believed, like Olmsted, Theodore Parker, and Edward Bellamy, among others, that with forethought and intelligent action, the lot of the city dwellers could be improved. ” The idea for the Trustees was broached by Eliot in a letter to Garden and Forest in February 1890. An association was needed, he suggested, to choose and acquire reservations—that is, land reserved from development. “Within ten miles of the State House there still remain several bits of scenery which possess uncommon beauty and more than usual refreshing power.
9 The committee drafted an act of incorporation and sent it to the Massachusetts legislature. An example of how Eliot got things done is the seven hundred letters he sent to supporters encouraging them to attend the legislative hearing. The bill passed easily, and the governor signed it into law on 21 May 1891. Although a few private organizations and some governmental bodies in the United States held natural lands in the late nineteenth century, this was the ﬁrst private organization that included the essential feature of a land trust: a mission dedicated to acquiring, holding, and maintaining natural, scenic, and historic sites.