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Land Trust Membership

The Land Trust Alliance is the only national organization that was set up by and for land trusts, and we continue to serve you today.

  • Together we are a strong voice for land conservation in Washington, building public trust and support for our work.
  • We offer many ways for you to learn from the best in our business—getting practical tips, strategies, model documents, and technical advice.
  • We help land trusts uphold their promise of permanent protection for the land

There are many other great benefits that make membership in the Alliance a smart business choice, saving you both time and money. No land trust works alone. Join the Land Trust Alliance today and become a part of the national community of land trusts, conservation professionals, and board volunteers working together to conserve the places we all love.

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As a member of the Land Trust Alliance your land trust receives these exciting and valuable benefits:

  • Three subscriptions to our quarterly, award-winning magazine on conservation, Saving Land
  • Eligibility for scholarships for training events
  • Eligibility for capacity-building grants (where available)

Land Trust Member Dues & Eligibility

Your land trust’s dues will be based on your organization’s operating expenses for the previous year.

Operating Expenses


$10,000 or under


$10,000 to $30,000


$30,001 to $50,000


$50,001 to $70,000


$70,001 to $100,000


$100,000 to $150,000


$150,001 to $250,000


$250,001 to $500,000


$500,001 to $1,000,000


$1,000,001 to $3,000,000


More than $3,000,000


To be eligible for Land Trust Membership you must be a land trust as defined below:

  • A land trust is a 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
  • Land Trust Members must be one of the following: 501(c) (3), 509(a) (3), or municipal/township land trust
  • Organizations not meeting the definition of a land trust may join the Land Trust Alliance in the following categories: Government Partner, Nonprofit Partner, and Professional Partner

If you are joining for the first time you must provide The Alliance with a board resolution reflecting adoption of the 2004 revised Land Trust Standards and Practices within one month or we will cancel your membership and refund you the dues you paid, less any discounts you received*. Here you can find the outline of the steps necessary to complete adoption.

*If you received discounts greater than the dues you paid, you will be billed for the excess.

Questions about joining? Call 202-800-2211 or contact Development Associate Maddie Harris by email.

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