What is a Land Trust?
Today there are dozens of land trusts working throughout the state to conserve the best of Texas' precious lands and waters. To date, these land trusts have conserved over 1.6 million acres of forests and wetlands, farms and ranches, deserts and coastlines, hills and prairies.
Land trusts are charitable organizations whose mission is land and water conservation. These organizations assist Texas landowners with the long-term conservation goals they have for their own lands.
Land trusts conserve natural areas by negotiating private, voluntary agreements with property owners to leave their land undeveloped, or through outright purchases. Land trusts offer a nonprofit, voluntary solution for land conservation.
Together, landowners and land trusts conserve Texas' special lands and waters by permanently protecting them from development for the benefit of the people, economy and wildlife of our state.
Land trusts bring people together to make commitments that can change communities. Most land trusts are connected to local communities and are very familiar with local issues and needs. They are eager to work with landowners in their regions to identify lands that are worthy of protection for their natural, cultural, agricultural, recreational or other conservation values.
Let the Texas Land Trust Directory be your guide in locating a land trust in your community or region to help you protect your land legacy.
Types of Land Trusts
Conservation Land Trust: A land trust is a 501 (c)(3)nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements. There are more than 30 of these groups operating across the state of Texas.
Alternative type of Land Trust: Another type of land trust is a method of holding real estate. The reason for holding title this way is to allow the legal title of the property to be held by another person (a trustee) while the original owner retains all of the rights and privileges of property ownership. (Your Step-by-Step Guide to Land Trusts © 2000 Bronchick, William, J.D., published by Legalwiz Publications) The Texas Land Trust Council is not involved with this type of land trust.
Community Land Trusts: A community land trust is a private, non-profit corporation, created to acquire and hold land for the benefit of a community, and provide secure affordable access to land and housing for community residents. The Texas Land Trust Council is not involved wtih this type of land trust.
For more information on land trusts involved in land conservation, please visit the national Land Trust Alliance website.