What is a land trust?
A land trust is non-profit organization devoted to land preservation. It can be a private non-profit or public, like MET. Nationwide, land trusts assist conservation-minded property owners to preserve natural areas, farms, forests and scenic openspace without giving up ownership. Property owners that work with land trusts to protect their land have made a voluntary decision to preserve the beauty of their land, forever.
Your Local Land Trusts
In 1988, the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) developed the Local Land Trust Assistance Program to assist citizen groups in formation and operation of land trusts by offering training, etc. Today, the program works with over 40 private non-profit land trusts. These land trusts can hold conservation easements independently or jointly with MET (currently 40,000 acres are co-held between a local land trust and MET). In addition, some of these land trusts acquire and manage land.
Many people want to have their conservation easements co-held by a local land trust. Click here for more details to see the lists for all the local land trusts. MET can advise you as to which organizations work in your area. Contact us.
Last updated May 26, 2009