Land Trust Excellence & Advancement Program

LEAP, a partnership with the Land Trust Alliance, aims to provide coordinated and intensive 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 can 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 Wisconsin 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 are designing and tweaking LEAP as we execute our programming to respond to the needs of the community.  We expect the program to evolve and are continuously requesting feedback on our services to Wisconsin land trusts.


How do I participate?    

We offer programming in the form of trainings, webinars, mentoring, coaching, and grants throughout the year.  Refer to the links above for our current opportunities. Thanks to our generous LEAP supporters, we have been able to provide these services at cost or, in many cases, far less.



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


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