Mission and Vision

Birch IslandIn 2013, the Southeast Land Trust embarked on a comprehensive planning process to explore and evaluate our region, our work, and our vision for the future. Our goal was to ensure our work remains relevant to the people and communities we serve by re-envisioning the role of a land trust in these changing times. You can download a summary of the Strategic Plan by clicking on this link: SELT Strategic Plan Summary 2014-2018

Our new vision is a simple statement of the relationship of people, community, and nature: Conserved lands in every community, sustaining people and nature.

Our new mission is to protect and sustain the significant lands in our communities for clean water, outdoor recreation, fresh food, wildlife, and healthy forests.

This restated mission recognizes that conservation is achieved in two steps – first protection and then stewardship. It also clearly ties the desire for conservation land to people and communities while continuing to recognize that sustenance of nature itself is a goal of our work too.

The Strategic Plan identifies four goals for the Southeast Land Trust, listed below:

Strategic Land Protection Proactively protect Conservation Focus Areas with an added emphasis on farmland and water resources
Connect People to Place Expand our visibility to broaden and strengthen the connection of people and communities to the Land Trust’s work
Broaden our Relationships Deepen our relationships with members, residents, and communities to expand our reach, increase our effectiveness, and ensure our long-term stability
Sustain our Success Continue our conservation work through model stewardship of our lands and easements


As with any plan, it is only effective if it is implemented, tracked, and evaluated. Therefore for each goal the plan identifies associated strategies and tactics, the responsible party within the organization, a timeline for the work, estimated costs, and measures of progress.   We will report to you, our members, on our progress through our Annual Report.

As always, please do share your thoughts and suggestions on our work and this Strategic Plan by calling 603/ 778-6088 or emailing Brian Hart, Executive Director.  We look forward to hearing from you.