Land trusts or land conservancies are independent, charitable organizations that work with private landowners to preserve open space and nature.
Land trusts accept donations and bequests of land and conservation agreements and in some cases, may purchase land or conservation agreements. The land is then permanently protected to preserve its natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance.
These organizations create public benefit through education programs, community services, and the creation of passive recreational opportunities, thereby improving the quality of life for all citizens.
Land trusts provide individuals with a safe, reliable, long-term way to leave financial contributions and/or bequests of real property for the protection of the land, water, and species in perpetuity.