what is a land trust?

Photo: Don & Melinda Crawford

Photo: Don & Melinda Crawford

Land trusts, sometimes known as "land conservancies," are nonprofit organizations working to preserve the land that provides our communities with productive farms and forests, important wildlife and plant habitat, and places for people to recreate.  Land trusts may operate at local, state, or regional levels and may choose to focus their efforts on specific landscapes or a specific type of resource.  All land trusts are distinguished by their direct involvement in land transactions and their focus on private landowners who want to preserve their land and protect what makes it special for their family and the community as a whole.

Serving on the Land Trust board makes me feel like Iā€™m playing a small, but important, role in the future of our world.
— Jocelyn Aycrigg, board member

The Palouse Land Trust was founded in 1995 to protect and preserve the incredibly unique and varied lands of the Palouse region of Washington and North-Central Idaho for current and future generations.  We currently partner with families to steward 20 special properties across the area and own and manage Idler's Rest Nature Preserve and the Dave Skinner Ecological Preserve, both just outside of Moscow.