Eastern Sierra Land Trust - Ethics Policy

Statement of Ethics

We dedicate ourselves to preserving the unique character of the Eastern Sierra’s scenic, natural, agricultural, recreational, and historic landscapes and sites for future generations.  Our goals are established and our actions are taken with a long-term vision for conservation.  As a private, nonprofit organization, we have an obligation to provide a public benefit and therefore strive to avoid any conflict of interest or provide any private benefit to any of our Board members, staff or other individuals. 

We pledge to conduct our land protection and organizational activities under the highest professional standards and in accordance with the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices.  We acknowledge the trust placed upon us by our donors, landowner partners and the public by being fiscally responsible, by always considering our long-term responsibility to the lands we protect and by building a sustainable, capable land trust organization.  In addition, we pledge to foster open and productive relationships with landowners, our fellow land trusts and the general public. 

We strive to undertake only those actions which enhance the reputation and credibility of the land trust community.  When appropriate, we work cooperatively with other land trusts, government agencies, private individuals and conservation organizations to accomplish high quality, lasting conservation of important lands.