The U.S. Land Trust Alliance has developed the first version of the Standards and Practices in 1989, and made revisions in 1993, 2001, 2004 and most recently in February 2017. In 2005, the CLTA recognized the advantage in using such a rigorously developed set of Standards and Practices as a springboard for the development of our Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices.
In 2005, the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices were modified from the 2004 version of the U.S. Land Trust Standards and Practices under official license from the Land Trust Alliance. Now that the U.S. Land Trust Alliance has released the 2017 Land Trust Standards and Practices, the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices also need to be updated.
Hundreds of conservation leaders contributed to the 2017 U.S. revisions, so the Standards and Practices already represent the experience of diverse land trusts and conservationists. In preparing for the 2017 U.S. update, more than 1,600 comments from land trust professionals and conservation experts were reviewed and thoroughly discussed to ensure the revisions would result in a collective product of the land trust community.
The CLTA is pleased to be able to take advantage of the substantive review already carried out by our U.S peers and partners. The legwork being done, the Canadian land trust community can now conduct a basic review of the U.S. changes, and then revise practices requiring editing for the Canadian context.