Big or small, New York land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 1,497,462 football fields!
New York land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
91 years old (1931)
8 years old (2014)
32 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve New York lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of New York's most pressing issues.
Providing access to land for all: The accredited Grassroots Gardens of Western New York formed the “Gardening for All” accessibility task force in response to the needs of local gardeners living with disabilities and in recognition that all people should have access to the garden network, now and in the future.Read more
Saving family farms: The Columbia Land Conservancy created its Farmer Landowner Match Program to help provide farmers with access to affordable land — something that agricultural conservation easements do not guarantee in the region’s robust real estate market.Read more
Conserving wildlife habitat: The accredited Wallkill Valley Land Trust of southern Ulster County recruits volunteers on rainy spring evenings to monitor areas where amphibians like salamanders, toads and frogs emerge from hibernation in the forest and make their annual migration to woodland pools to breed. Because forest and wetland habitats are often divided by development, many slow-moving amphibians must cross dangerous roads.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.