Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

What Types of Land Are of Interest to a Land Trust?

Land trusts consider many types of land worthy of protection, some that landowners might be surprised to find are judged significant. Land trusts are committed to identifying land and water resources that are valuable to their communities. It could be a farm, a prairie, a forest or a river. As community-based organizations, land trusts have an interest in preserving areas that are closely identified with their community's natural heritage. In broad terms, land trusts work with landowners, other conservation organizations and government agencies to protect:

Natural Areas

Prairie, forests, grasslands, ponds, wetlands and ecologically sensitive areas that are important as wildlife habitat;

Wetlands, Streams, Rivers and Lakes

Efforts to protect these areas help preserve water quality, provide waterfowl nesting habitat, stabilize shoreline areas, and support fish and other aquatic species;

Working Forest

Land trusts collaborate with private landowners to help preserve working forest lands and develop sustainable forestry management plans;

Recreational Land

Land trusts preserve recreation lands for community enjoyment of low-impact, nature-based activities.  Land trusts create trail systems that invite walkers, hikers, and cross-country skiers, and preserve lands for hunting and fishing for public use;

Open Spaces

Open areas are important to many cities and towns, whether urban or rural.  Land trusts work to preserve these spaces for their natural, cultural, recreational and agricultural values;

Park Lands

Park lands acquired by a land trust are often transferred to local governments to manage, or added to existing nature preserve  areas;

Scenic or Unique Areas

Scenic views along rural roads or highways in or near a community are part of our cultural heritage, and land trusts use various conservation methods to protect these areas for all to enjoy;

Agricultural Lands

Working farms, orchards and croplands also have a place in the conservation landscape. Land trusts work to protect land and with significant productive value.