15-0202 v2.1/Choosing A Habitat Exchange Program (Part I)
Please provide the criteria or information for choosing an appropriate habitat exchange program.
We recognize the Land Trust Alliance as the premier habitat exchange program. The Land Trust Alliance has also recently created the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, an independent organization responsible for accrediting land trusts. Habitat exchange programs that are accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission OR have adopted the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices are eligible to be used to fulfill the requirements of this prerequisite. We welcome the proposal of alternate programs – however, these must be approved by ILBI prior to use.
To find programs that adhere to the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices, search their geographically-based membership list: http://www.ltanet.org/findlandtrust/index.tcl. Those names followed by an “S&P” icon are programs that have stated compliance with the LTA Standards and Practices. To find programs accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, visit: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/ As noted in the version 1.3 of the standard, one acre is the minimum offset amount. For projects impacting greater than an acre, a 1:1 ratio (rounding up to the nearest acre) of habitat exchange is required. The intent of this prerequisite is to protect the habitat indefinitely.
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