CTNC Assists 23 Local Land Trusts
North Carolina is fortunate to have a strong network of 23 local land trusts, community-based non-profits that have compiled an impressive record of land protection; NC land trusts have conserved over 400,400 acres in 2,470 locations.
CTNC promotes, assists, and represents local land trusts so that they can preserve more conservation lands in the communities they serve. We make grants and provide bridge loans to land trusts, advocate before the General Assembly and Congress, and build public awareness of conservation.
What is a land trust?
Land trusts are non-profit organizations that protect natural areas of significant ecological, scenic, recreational, agricultural, cultural, or historic value. They work with interested landowners who love their land to protect farms, forests, wildlife habitat, lakes and streams, parks, and scenic vistas that are treasured by their communities.
How do land trusts work?
The land trust may acquire just the development rights to the land, by purchase or donation. That means the landowner can continue to live on, and even farm, the property under a lasting agreement that limits activities on the land. These agreements, called easements, are completely voluntary, negotiated by the landowner and the land trust.A land trust may acquire a property by buying it or through a donation from the owner. It may then hold the property or convey it to a government agency or another conservation group that will protect the land, perhaps as a park, for example. Or the land trust may resell the tract as a conservation property, with an agreement that limits what future owners can do with it to ensure that the conservation values are maintained.
The land trust or another agency will act as a steward of property under a conservation easement, monitoring it to make sure its conservation values are protected according to the agreement forever.
Many land trusts own and manage nature preserves or other properties open to the public, for recreational and educational purposes. Check out your local land trust’s website to find out about fun and adventurous outdoor activities in your neck of the woods!
Land trusts depend on the generosity of people in the communities they serve. Please join your local land trust and get involved in saving the places you love