Land Trust

Land Trust

land trust information
The online Encyclopedia describes two distinct definitions of a land trust: 1. A private, nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements. 2. An agreement whereby one party (the trustee) agrees to hold ownership of a piece of real property for the benefit of another party (the beneficiary).
Land trusts, also called land conservancies and more rarely, conservation land trusts, have been in existence since 1891. However, it is only in the last two decades that land trusts began to proliferate, and they now form one of the fastest-growing and most successful conservation movements in American history. Land trusts conserve all different types of land. Some protect only farmland or ranchland, others forests, mountains, prairies, deserts, wildlife habitat, cultural resources such as archaeological sites or battlefields, urban parks, scenic corridors, coastlines, wetlands or waterways; it is up to each organization to decide what type of land to protect according to its mission. Some parcels protected by land trusts have no, or extremely limited public access, for the protection of sensitive wildlife, or to allow recovery of damaged ecosystems. Many protected areas remain under private ownership, which also limits access as well. However, in many cases, land trusts work to eventually open up the land in a limited way to the public for recreation in the form of hunting, hiking, camping, wildlife observation, or other responsible outdoor activities. Some land is also used for sustainable agriculture, ranching or logging. More information about Land Trusts in general is available by clicking here.
George Rogers Clark Land Trust
George Rogers Clark Land Trust, a non-profit, community-based organization, serves as one tool for landowners who seek methods to preserve their land for future generations or to balance development areas with agricultural land, scenic open spaces and wildlife habitat. For more information about the George Rogers Clark Land Trust, follow this link..

Land Trust

Land Trust

Sycamore Land Trust
The mission of Sycamore Land Trust is to preserve the disappearing landscape of southern Indiana. Working with private landowners to protect their family heritage, SLT helps maintain the unique character of our home. SLT has now conserved over 5,500 acres on more than 66 parcels and helped plant over 55,000 trees. For more information about the Sycamore Land Trust, follow this link to their website.