The Texas Land Trust Council (TLTC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that builds and supports a strong, active coalition of more than 30 organizations working to conserve the lands and waters of Texas. We serve as a powerful voice for conservation to protect drinking water, Texas' iconic wildlife, and our rich natural and cultural heritage. Together and in partnership with private landowners and citizens, we work to ensure that the Texas landscape – rich in history, natural resources, breathtaking views and recreational opportunities – can be left intact for all of us today and for the future.

Who are we?

The Texas Land Trust Council was formed in the late 1990s in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to serve as a support association for all land trusts in Texas. Today, TLTC is an independent nonprofit organization that continues its work to advance and sustain the conservation efforts of Texas land trusts.

Land trusts are charitable organizations whose mission is land and water conservation. Currently, there are more than 30 land trusts working throughout Texas that have protected over 1.6 million acres of farms, ranches, wetlands, wildlife habitat, urban parks, forests, watersheds, coastlines and river corridors.  Land Trusts can help landowners meet their long-term land use goals—and protect their land legacy—through a variety of land protection tools, such as conservation easements. These tools can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the property owner.

Land trusts offer a nonprofit, voluntary solution for land conservation that does not rely on government tax dollars or government programs to help protect the land. Land trusts can also work with landowners to help them utilize available local, state and federal programs and incentives that are available to conserve important lands and waters.

Some land trusts work in specific geographic areas while others concentrate on protecting specific natural resources. When entering a conservation project with a landowner, the land trust agrees to protect the conservation values of a property into perpetuity. Therefore, it is important that a landowner select a land trust that shares similar goals for the landowner's property.

TLTC also serves as a resource for landowners. Contact the Texas Land Trust Council for questions about how you can protect your land, to help you find a land trust to work with, or for more information about conservation easements.

TLTC Resources for Landowners

TLTC offers several resources for landowners interested in protecting their land.

  1. Land Trust Directory lists all TLTC member Texas land trusts by county. Landowners can search for land trusts working in their area of Texas. The Directory is available to landowners for free on the TLTC website.
  2. The Professionals Index lists both state and national professionals with experience in the land conservation field who work with Texas landowners and land trusts.  The Index is available to landowners for free on the TLTC website.
  3. Conservation Easements: A Guidebook for Landowners details commonly-asked questions on conservation easements in the state of Texas. The handbook also profiles ten landowners around the state who have used a conservation easement to protect their land. The handbook is available as a free download on the TLTC website, or you may request a hard copy by emailing our office.
  4. Education and Information:  TLTC hosts an annual Texas Land Conservation Conference, traditionally held in February of each year in Austin. Join TLTC and receive registration discounts along with other benefits and opportunities to network with other conservation land owners and land trusts. Landowners are welcome and encouraged to attend the conference.

Support Texas’ vibrant and growing land trust community, and Texas land conservation, by joining the Texas Land Trust Council.  Land trust, individual, or professional memberships are available.

TLTC Staff

Lori Olson, Executive Director

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Lori Olson became the Executive Director of the Texas Land Trust Council in July of 2011. Lori has extensive experience in the field of land conservation and has worked with a number of land trusts across the country.

She is the former Executive Director of the Eno River Association, a land trust located in Durham, NC, and the former Outreach and Development Director for the Oconee River Land Trust in Athens, GA. Most recently, Lori served as a Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land in Texas where her work focused on conservation transactions in the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, and with local government partners including the Cities of Austin, San Marcos and San Antonio, and Travis and Hays Counties.

A native Texan, Lori is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Conservation Biology, and a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning, as well as a Master of Science degree in Public Affairs.