Land Trust Excellence & Advancement Partnership

LEAP, a partnership with the Land Trust Alliance, aims to provide coordinated services and support for Wisconsin land trusts whether large, small, staffed, or all-volunteer.  Through LEAP, we support individual land trusts; strengthen the fabric of Wisconsin's land trust community; advance strategic, collaborative conservation; and prepare land trusts for Accreditation.

Services provided through LEAP


Why LEAP? 

Gathering Waters and the Land Trust Alliance Midwest Program have worked together to strengthen land trust work in Wisconsin for many years.  Through LEAP we combine our complementary services and channel more financial and human resources to Wisconsin land trusts.
The LEAP model was crafted after thorough analysis of similar statewide efforts in Michigan, Maine, and Indiana – all states with similarly diverse land trust communities.  LEAP design and goals have been vetted by the Gathering Waters Land Trust Council, an advisory body of land trust leaders from land trusts across Wisconsin.
With input and insight from Wisconsin land trusts, Gathering Waters and the Alliance launched LEAP in 2011.


How do land trusts benefit? 

Our goal is land trust excellence, but we recognize that each land trust must chart its own course.  We design services and programming to respond to the needs of the community, and welcome requests and feedback.


How do I participate?    

We offer trainings, webinars, mentoring, coaching, and grants to address Wisconsin land trust needs and interests, and as resources permit. Subscribe to our technical e-bulletinCurrents, to receive updates on new opportunities.



Contact Meg Domroese at Gathering Waters or MaryKay O'Donnell at the Land Trust Alliance.


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