Adirondack Land Trust
To forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters and wild places that advance the quality of life of our communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks.
The Adirondacks thrive as a living model of how people embrace and respect the natural world. Our communities benefit from wild lands, clean water, clean energy, working forests, family farms and outdoor recreation. The Adirondack Park—larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined—grows ever more vital in a changing climate, inspiring new and diverse advocates for conservation.
The power of the Adirondacks as a globally significant ecological refuge and model of how people and nature can thrive together.
The promise of people working together to conserve and care for the lands and waters that in turn support healthy communities and livelihoods.
Diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to all aspects of conservation work, and to ensuring that the Adirondack Park welcomes and provides benefits for all people.
Conservation that endures: investment in projects that will provide benefits for generations, with recognition that each place is unique and each project requires its own strategy.
Transparency, creativity and cooperation in our work with landowners, communities, state agencies and other partners to achieve the best conservation outcomes possible.
Organizational excellence based on the competence and integrity of our board and staff, and the highest ethical standards of governance, financial management, land transactions and stewardship.
By the Numbers
- 1984: The year ALT was founded
- 26,710 acres conserved
- 20 working farms protected by voluntary conservation agreements
- 6,535 acres of working forests
- 2 farmers’ markets in the Champlain Valley— founding partner
- 3,250 acres added to the Forever Wild Adirondack Forest Preserve (assisted with addition of another 5,362 acres)
Land trusts are private 510-c-3 nonprofits that empower communities and private citizens to work together to conserve land for public benefit. American land trusts voluntarily conserve nearly 2 million acres per year. Land trusts do this by accepting donations of land, purchasing land, negotiating voluntary conservation agreements on land, and caring for conserved land in perpetuity.
Many of the Adirondack Land Trust's goals are community-driven. That's why we worked with Essex and Clinton counties as they established their own farmland protection programs to encourage landowners to make long-term commitments to agriculture. With these programs in place, the counties are eligible for state funds to protect farmland. Since the 1980s, the Adirondack Land Trust and the counties have worked together to protect thousands of acres of privately owned farmland.
We work across the six-million-acre Adirondack Park and north to the Canadian border. While many of our projects involve agricultural land in the Champlain Valley, we also protect wild and working forests, trails that connect communities to wildlands, and shorelines that protect water quality and reduce flood risk in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Oneida, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties.
All of our work is made possible by people who value the special character and special places of the Adirondacks. You can make a difference by making a gift online or by sending a check made out to Adirondack Land Trust to our office. And you can contact us to learn about volunteer opportunities. Thank you!