• Alliance Member
  • Accredited
  • Terrafirma Insured

For thousands of years, the Upper Midwest was abundant with prairies and oak savannas that evolved to depend on fires Indigenous Peoples ignited. With the arrival of Europeans, this once vast landscape was almost entirely lost to the plow, development pressures and ongoing neglect. Today, only a tiny fraction remains. Threats to biodiversity globally have made these imperiled places, with the rare plants and wildlife they sustain, even more vital for our future. Yet few prairie remnants have been protected, and more continue to slip away. The Prairie Enthusiasts seek out, protect and restore fire-dependent ecosystems across the Upper Midwest. We celebrate their beauty and complexity and actively steward them by returning fire to the land. Our regional chapters are reconstructing the prairie and contributing to landscape-scale conservation by working with landowners and collaborating with partners. We are a grassroots community of learners, sharing insights, practices and inspirations.

Land Protected



  • 1987

  • 1995

  • Yes

  • 8

  • 1,000

  • 500

  • 13

Public Access

Land trusts that welcome visitors for activities such as walking, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, birding and more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Land trusts with volunteer opportunities, such as trail maintenance, clean ups, administrative duties, giving tours and more.

Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance powers our nearly 1,000 member land trusts to permanently protect and conserve the land we need and love, ensuring it will be there for today and tomorrow.