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Elana Richman

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Costs of Due Diligence in Conservation Acquisitions
Elana Richman compiled the data for this guide.

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Commission-Based Compensation Fundraising
Commission-based compensation for fundraising by staff and consultants, although legal, is widely viewed as a bad practice for nonprofits.

Economic Benefits of Biodiversity
Economic impact studies document the many and substantial economic benefits generated by biodiversity. This guide identifies major studies, summarizes key findings of each and provides hyperlinks t...

Economic Benefits of Parks
(print edition of ConservationTools.org guide) Economic impact studies document the many and substantial economic benefits generated by parks. This guide identifies major studies, summarizes key f...

Economic Benefits of Smart Growth and Costs of Sprawl
Sprawling patterns of development create heavy economic burdens -- problems, costs and liabilities far in excess of the benefits. Conversely, smart growth strategies can enhance economic vitality.

Economic Benefits of Trails
(print edition of ConservationTools.org guide) Economic impact studies document the many and substantial economic benefits generated by trails. This guide identifies major studies, summarizes key ...

Impacts of Natural Land Loss on Water Quality
Forests, riparian buffers, wetlands and other natural lands are essential for the protection of water quality and aquatic habitat.

Biodiversity: A Guide
Biodiversity encompasses the diversity of life – the varying and different species, genes, and ecosystems of the Earth. The ongoing loss of biodiversity threatens human well-being and makes the nee...

Lobbying Rules and 501(c)3 Organizations
501(c)3 organizations can lobby to positively affect legislative outcomes but they must follow IRS regulations as well as state and federal regulations dealing with lobbyist registrations and repor...

National Poll Results: How Americans View Conservation
Across the political spectrum, voters in the United Sates consistently demonstrate support for conservation. (Print version of CT Guide)

Planning a Site Visit with Your Legislator
A visit to a property conserved with a state grant may help a legislator better understand the impact of state conservation investments.

Stewardship Costs Calculator
Land trusts can use this tool to estimate the annual costs of stewardship for a conservation easement and the initial investment in a stewardship fund that will be needed to cover the costs. The ca...