Upstream Tech and the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts Announce Partnership

Partnership will make remote monitoring tools more accessible to land trusts and conservation organizations across Idaho

Upstream Tech, a mission-driven environmental technology company, has announced a partnership with the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT) to make remote monitoring tools more accessible to land trusts and conservation organizations across Idaho.

Upstream Tech’s Lens is a web-based application that combines best-available satellite and aerial data with an efficient monitoring workflow. Lens makes it easy to monitor a broad range of properties, no matter how large or remote. Land trusts, project developers, and conservation organizations use Lens to monitor and gain insights on millions of acres.

“We're pleased to partner with Upstream Tech to help ICOLT members employ cutting-edge geospatial monitoring technology in their operations,” said Teri Murrison, Executive Director of ICOLT. “Timesaving efficiencies, planning tools, and the ability to easily document existing and future conditions on the land are among the great benefits of Lens."

“Our stewardship department gains more acres to monitor yearly as more landowners decide to protect their land, but the pace of this is not met with the opportunity to hire new staff,” said Katie Guetz, Land Steward with Teton Regional Land Trust. “Use of Lens to conduct remote monitoring saves the organization both staff time and money, and allows us to build a sustainable and effective long-term remote monitoring program so that we can maximize conservation impacts in our region.”

By providing resources and creating opportunities for peers to share knowledge and expertise, organizations like ICOLT are critical for building the capacity of land conservation organizations. Upstream Tech is excited to further expand our partnerships across Idaho, helping the state’s land conservation community advance its stewardship work with remote monitoring.

If you’d like to learn more about how this partnership benefits ICOLT members or are interested in learning more about Lens for land trusts, reach out to Jake Faber at jake@upstream.tech.


​​Upstream Tech is a US-based public benefit corporation with the mission to make remote sensing and machine learning technology accessible and easy to use in order to accelerate the pace, scale, and impact of environmental work around the globe. Lens supports organizations in remotely monitoring and assessing protected areas, restoration projects, and working lands by aggregating satellite, aerial, and environmental data. HydroForecast is an end-to-end modeling and decision support service that combines physical theory with artificial intelligence and satellite imagery to provide accurate and reliable hydrological forecasts anywhere on Earth. To learn more, visit upstream.tech or follow them on Twitter at @upstream_tech.

The Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT) is a group of nineteen nonprofit land trust organizations and two local and state government-sponsored programs working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements throughout the state of Idaho. The mission of ICOLT is to support and advance professional excellence in voluntary private land conservation for people and nature. ICOLT also helps to coordinate association members to achieve legislative, administrative, communications, and policy goals.

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