Valley Land Fund provides technical assistance and modest financial grants to local, regional, and state organizations and agencies working on land protection, as well as carrying out the Fund’s own independent conservation projects. VLF preacquires land for state agencies and municipalities, moving quickly to secure at-risk properties. It also makes grants from its revolving fund for appraisal and title search work. VLF has worked extensively with both formal and ad hoc neighborhood conservation groups, providing technical assistance, moral support, and help with fundraising. With its emphasis on cooperative and productive use of available funding and technical resources, it is not unusual for the Fund to work with three or more partners on a project.
Valley Land Fund works with private land owners on land conservation options, receives their gifts of land and conservation easements and provides referrals for professional tax and estate planning advice. The organization also fosters communication among local, regional, and state agencies, holding quarterly meetings to discuss priorites, problems, and technical matters. Valley Land Fund also sponsors land conservation workshops for municipal officials, and for land owners and the professionals who serve them.