How a Land Trust Works

Landowners work with a Land Trust when they want to permanently protect wetlands, floodplains, farmlands, wildlife corridors and scenic areas from inappropriate development.

Boulton Farms

Photo by Seldon McKee

What is a Land Trust and How Does It Work?

A Land Trust helps landowners protect their lands through conservation easements, which are voluntary agreements to place permanent restrictions on how privately-owned properties are used. A Land Trust is legally bound to uphold these restrictions, ensuring the important and unique natural features of the protected place are preserved forever. For example, rich farm soils and timberland, critical wildlife habitat, and forests and wetlands that provide clean air and water and scenic and recreational open spaces.

Jefferson Land Trust is a community-driven organization. This means our conservation priorities are established with input from an array of stakeholders: local citizens, collaborating organizations, business and government partners. This work would not be possible without the volunteer efforts and financial commitment of people like you.

To find out how you can become involved, visit our Give & Join and Volunteer pages.

To see if your land might qualify for protection under a conservation easement, visit Save Your Land.