A powerful force for nature.

Membership with the Land Trust Alliance makes all of us stronger. Together, land trusts and the Alliance have achieved so much, including: 

  • Helping to secure billions of dollars in funding for conservation through legislation such as the Farm Bill, the single largest source of federal funding for private land conservation in the U.S.  

  • Establishing Land Trust Standards and Practices so that land trusts can follow best practices and developing an accreditation program to encourage excellence and increase public confidence. 

  • Creating a conservation network and insurance program so land trusts can defend their conservation easements and fight the legal battles necessary to keep lands protected forever.

“The Alliance allows for collective investment in all land trusts and the power of the collective to provide what would not be possible on just a local level.”
David Hartwell, former Alliance board member

40 Years of Conservation Success

The Land Trust Alliance, along with the community of land trusts it serves, has grown tremendously over the last 40 years. Together, we have conserved more than 61 million acres. The Alliance is committed to doubling that number by the end of the decade.

Strength in numbers

Land trusts help connect people to nature and protect the lands we all need and love:  


of land trusts provide public access to their protected lands, amounting to 1.2 million acres of land open to the public. 


Land trusts operate more than 9,761 miles of trails for public use, including 997 trail miles designed for universal access.  

16.7 million

people visited land trusts properties and 6.4 million people participated in land trust programs in 2020.


of land trusts have increased their focus on community engagement in the past five years.