What is a Land Trust?

Land trusts are non-profit groups that protect land directly by acquiring it through gift or purchase, by establishing conservation easements that place permanent legal restrictions on future development, by negotiating limited developments, and by other methods. They may also be involved in land conservation education and advocacy.

Land trusts operate in rural, urban, and suburban areas, protecting natural areas, wildlife habitat, coastlines, farmland, urban gardens, trails and other special places.

How do land trusts preserve land?


Land trusts use many tools to protect land, including:

  • Conservation Easements
  • A Bargain Sale
  • Donation
  • Limited Development

Currently, there are over 1,600 land trusts in every state of the nation and collectively they have protected over 37 million acres of land.