Conservation Finance Toolkit

The Conservation Finance Toolkit is a resource explaining tools and techniques available to conservation finance practitioners. Tools covered vary from the simple to the complex. Each writeup contains an example of the technique in practice.  

We encourage your questions, feedback and thoughts on concepts that we currently cover or could include in this toolkit.

Larch trees in forest

Ballot Measures

This article by Nathalie Woolworth and Hazel Wong is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Ballot measures, also known as initiatives or propositions, are instruments of direct democracy that allow voters to directly shape public policy in the voting booth.
Rural skipper insect in San Luis Obispo

Seller Financing

This article by Mark A. Perelman is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Seller financing allows current owners to enable their dreams to continue beyond their ownership.
Birch trees in forest

Bridge Financing

This article by Abby Martin and Reggie Hall is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Those considering conservation loans should carefully evaluate their preparedness and be open to the possibility that this may not be a viable strategy for their organization. Any organization must get its financial and management systems in order before lenders will provide a loan.
Poplar trees near water

Voluntary Surcharges

This article by Story Clark and Maki Tazawa is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Voluntary surcharge programs have raised millions of dollars for local land preservation. They are a financial tool for conservation in areas working to balance the draw of recreational and natural areas for visitors and the development pressures on those places.
USDA-funded water project in Oklahoma

Conservation Partnerships with Water Utilities

This article by Eve Boyce and Marcy Lyman is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. In an increasing number of communities across the country, utilities are working with conservation groups to ensure the ecosystem services provided by healthy watersheds are protected and maintained. This strategy doesn’t simply provide cost savings to water companies. It can also create a new source of funding and constituencies for land conservation.

Forest Carbon Offsets

This article by Paula Chamas and Mark Berry is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Carbon stored in forests has become a great opportunity for conservation-minded landowners to obtain an additional stream of revenue.

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