What are Land Trusts?
Land trusts offer a nonprofit solution for land conservation that does not rely on government tax dollars or government programs to help protect the land. They conserve natural areas by negotiating private, voluntary agreements with property owners to leave their land undeveloped. There are over 30 land trusts in Texas that have helped to conserve over 1.6 million acres of farms, wetlands, forests, watersheds and coastlines.
Land trusts conserve Texas’ special lands and waters by permanently protecting them from development. Land trusts frequently have missions designed to ensure that every Texan has access to clean water and the opportunity to be connected to the state’s natural and cultural heritage.
Conserving land carries with it many long-lasting benefits for our state. By preventing more land from being covered in concrete, we are ensuring that more of the precious little water that falls will soak into the ground and our aquifers, replenishing our water supply. Also, conserving land protects habitat for iconic Texas wildlife.
Land trusts bring people together to make commitments that can change communities. Together, we can ensure that the Texas landscape – rich in history, natural resources, breathtaking views and recreational opportunities – can be left intact for all of us today and for the future generations.