|dc.description.abstract||There are 12 conservation land trust organizations
(CLTOs) in the province of Alberta, Canada that actively
steward land. Together they have protected over 1.09 million
hectares of land. Using in-depth interview data with published
documents on CLTOs, this paper examines how CLTOs make
decisions as to which projects to pursue and the kinds of
justifications they offer for the projects they have completed.
We identify 13 aspects that such a decision-making process
should contain. The CLTOs studied have, to some degree,
incorporated 7 of them. The remaining 6 aspects could easily
be contributing substantially to some of the main the challenges
identified in both the literature and our own research
regarding private land conservation. Consequently, we recommend
developing a robust landscape-scale approach to private
land conservation, communicating that approach to all
CLTOs, and increasing cooperation among CLTOs and between
them and government.
Keywords Private land conservation . Land trusts . Alberta .
Landscape ecology . Conservation||en