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BUR OAK LAND TRUST

Good Natured since 1978

aka Bur Oak Land Trust   |   Iowa City, IA   |  www.buroaklandtrust.org

Mission

Bur Oak Land Trust advances biodiversity in eastern Iowa by protecting resilient landscapes and connecting people to nature.​

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Jason Taylor

Main address

PO Box 2523

Iowa City, IA 52244 USA

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Formerly known as

Johnson County Heritage Trust

EIN

42-1104058

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bur Oak Land Trust's works to solve current and future environmental challenges through conservation of Iowa's remaining native landscapes and natural resources. Bur Oak has a philosophy of not only protecting Iowa land but working to remove invasive species, propagate native species and create trails for our community to enjoy the land without disturbing the land.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ameri Corps Program

Bur Oak Land Trust hosts 15-20 AmeriCorps members each year.
AmeriCorps members address land management needs in the region while training a new generation in leadership and conservation best practices. AmeriCorps members address habitat loss, the spread of non-native invasive species, lack of exposure to nature by people of all ages, and disaster recovery.

AmeriCorps training includes S-130 and S-190 National Wildfire Coordinating Group wildland firefighting and prescribed fire operations, S-212 chainsaw operations, National Outdoor Leadership School wilderness first aid, CPR/AED, watercraft safety, UTV/ATV safety and operation, equipment maintenance, and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Pesticide Applicator certification.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Older adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes workdays and hikes on the properties as well as Prairie Preview, two Family Days, Music on the Prairie, and annual fundraiser.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Volunteers work on the properties for property workdays and also work in the office doing event planning, public outreach, and office maintenance.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bur Oak Land Trust's all-volunteer board supports through hours worked as well as through financial support.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cargill, Iowa DNR, Environmental Advocates, Holthues Trust, Allian Energy, ITC, Rockwell Collins, Helen M. Harrison Foundation, Hutton Family Foundation, Community Foundation of JC, New Leader Man.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes owned properties and conservation easements.

Acres of land leased, purchased, or put into easement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019: no new. 2018: 43 acres put in easement. 2017: 30 acres acquired and 40 acres moved from easement to owned; 2016: no changes; 2015: 40 acres purchased and 82 acres put into conservation easement.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total of land owned and conservation easements held.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We focus on land protection and management to increase biodiversity and restore native habitat for healthier and resilient ecosystems.

Following the goals outlined in our strategic plan we will organize a strategic conservation planning initiative, identify the most valuable lands to protect in focus areas, establish ongoing relationships with landowners of properties of interest, establish collaborative relationships with the Johnson County Conservation Board, and expand beyond Johnson County.

Our organization was established in 1978 as a volunteer led organization. As of 2022, we now professional leadership as well as a trained land stewardship team through our AmeriCorps program. As our capacity grows, we continue to expand our land protection efforts while staying true to our core goals.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BUR OAK LAND TRUST

Board of directors
as of 06/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Larry Weber

Neil Joss

Kate Jamison

Lain Adkins

Don Hodson

Chris Jensen

Len Lowder

Ben Dillon

Kate Reilly

Valerie Decker

Liz Maas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/19/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data