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Land Trust of North Alabama

Who We Are

The Land Trust is a non-profit, member-supported organization that preserves natural lands for the public to enjoy now and in the future.

The Land Trust was established as Alabama's first land trust in 1987 to protect the eastern slopes of Monte Sano from development. Today the Land Trust of North Alabama is a successful preservation and conservation resource in our ten county area. Membership of the Land Trust has grown from the initial 10 members in 1987 to over 1,500 members.

The Land Trust is passionate about preserving lands for public use and encouraging all citizens to experience the benefits of the natural world resources promoting recreation and nature-based learning.

The Land Trust stewards greenspace to protect the regional ecology and the legacies of the land. This member-supported nonprofit practices and promotes environmentally-friendly living and sustainable business practices.


What We Do

Our Mission: The Land Trust preserves land and its legacies for conservation, public recreation, and environmental education to enhance quality of life in North Alabama now and for the future. The Land Trust leads the region and community in planning, preserving, and providing stewardship for public greenspace including: recreation and wildlife corridors; historic and geologic features; wetlands and watersheds; urban open spaces; mountains, hillsides, and scenic views.

2017 marks our 30th anniversary. We currently hold and manage 6,200+ acres and have created 65 miles of public trails on six nature preserves open dawn to dusk. Monte Sano Nature Preserve - at 1,107 acres - is our flagship preserve and is one of the largest urban nature preserves in the US. It is the iconic green backdrop for downtown Huntsville. 

Environmental education outreach includes guided hikes in spring and fall, award winning "Tuesdays on the Trail" summer education for elementary age children, and corporate team builds and volunteer programs.