Land trusts are private, independent, nonprofit organizations that have joined with landowners to protect private lands in the U.S. for over 50 years. There are over 1,600 land trusts operating across the United States. There are twenty land trusts and two local and state government-sponsored programs actively working in Idaho.  

Land trusts are not a branch of any governmental entity.

Land trusts have one primary mission: To conserve private lands. Land trusts work with private landowners to protect private lands through voluntary agreements called conservation easements. Land trusts work closely with farmers and ranchers and a large group of partners that includes county governments, sportsmen, Tribes, state and federal land and wildlife management agencies, local watershed groups and others to protect open lands.   

Land trusts are not environmental advocacy groups. Learn more