Conservation Land Trusts are non-profit organizations that actively work to conserve land and protect natural resources by undertaking or assisting in land conservation acquisition, or by stewardship of such land or easements. This is accomplished through partnerships with private and public landowners. The majority of conservation land trusts in Illinois follow this model.
Illinois conservation land trusts play a critical role in protecting the state’s natural and working lands. From the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi, to prairies and trails, from forestlands and farms, to Lake Michigan and suburban parks, conservation land trusts are saving scenic landscapes and critically sensitive areas for future generations.
In Illinois, there are more than 40 conservation land trusts. Together, they have helped to permanently protect more than 200,000 acres of the state’s special places.