Big or small, Washington land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 759,404 football fields!
Washington land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
56 years old (1966)
17 years old (2005)
32 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Washington 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 Washington's most pressing issues.
Addressing community needs: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the accredited Whidbey Camano Land Trust transformed their annual community engagement bike ride to a multi-day ride around their protected properties. The 2020 event engaged nearly 200 new people who reported their enjoyment of the protected farmland, prairie and beach.Read more
Saving family farms: The accredited Jefferson Land Trust worked with a local owner to permanently protect SpringRain Farm & Orchard in Chimacum. The certified organic farm is committed to providing sustainably produced organic food for their local community.Read more
Tackling climate change: After a series of devastating wildfires, the people of North Central Washington know the importance of managing landscapes for climate resilience. The accredited Chelan-Douglas Land Trust permanently protected 2,100 acres of the Cascades Modoc Highlands, which includes elevations and microclimates that support species movement to adapt to a changing climate.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.