Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than five million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices.
As a service-oriented organization, the Alliance supports land trusts across the nation. Our work in the nation’s capital represents the policy priorities of land conservationists from every state; our education programs improve and empower land trusts from Maine to Alaska; and our comprehensive vision for the future of land conservation includes new partners, new programs and new priorities.
- By working with allies in the healthcare industry, we work to combat the health crisis our country is facing. This crisis is one that more and more researchers attribute to the “pandemic of inactivity” caused by sedentary, indoor lives that isolate us from nature and from one another. Land trusts are well positioned to help bring health benefits to an increasingly urbanized American public.
- We provide legal security to financially strapped land trusts through Terrafirma, a charitable risk pool owned by participating land trusts that insures its members against the legal costs of defending conservation. As of March 2015, Terrafirma is insuring 7.2 million acres across 24,000 parcels from 476 land trusts.
- Our aspiration is for every person in America to live within 10 minutes of a park, trail or green space. We recognize the robust volume of research that shows time in nature improves weight control, physical strength, classroom performance, stress coping, healing after surgery, and problem-solving ability. Consequently, we have a moral imperative to connect our work to the lives and hopes of all Americans.
We invite anyone with good intentions toward land conservation to join us in bringing about a healthier tomorrow for ourselves, our families and our country.