Big or small, Ohio land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 325,317 football fields!
Ohio land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
95 years old (1927)
12 years old (2010)
25 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Ohio 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 Ohio's most pressing issues.
Ensuring clean drinking water: Through acquisition and restoration efforts, the accredited Black Swamp Conservancy is re-creating a functioning floodplain complex to create a cleaner Lake Erie and expand habitat to support larger and healthier wildlife populations. Black Swamp is transforming farm fields into aquatic, wetland and upland habitat with a goal of trapping as many nutrients as possible.Read more
Addressing community needs: Western Reserve Land Conservancy partnered with Cleveland Metroparks and the Old Brooklyn Development Corporation to create a public greenspace in Old Brooklyn called Brighton Park. The 25-acre park is the result of significant restoration of the former Henninger Landfill, an industrial waste landfill for over 40 years.Read more
Conserving wildlife habitat: Three Valley Conservation Trust in Oxford, Ohio, created a landowner outreach program, Food for Flight, that supports migrating monarch butterflies and other insect pollinators.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.