What is a Land Trust

A land trust is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to:

  • Helping land-owners find ways to permanently protect their land
  • Working with communities to help shape, develop and implement sustainable land-use policies
  • Holding and managing lands for the public benefit

Our Mission:

The Wildlands Trust works throughout southeastern Massachusetts to conserve and permanently protect native habitats, farmland, and lands of high scenic and ecological value in order to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world.

Our Vision:

The Wildlands Trust will work to sustain the rural character and quality of life enjoyed by the residents of southeastern Massachusetts by protecting high quality conservation and agricultural lands.  We envision a futurewhere open land is abundant, our water is clean, and forests, farms, wetlands, fields, ponds, and coastal areas are commonplace sightings on our landscape, and where an engaged citizenry is supportive of open space protection initiatives.

Our History:

We are one of the largest and oldest regional land trusts in Massachusetts, and since our founding in 1973, we have helped to ensure the protection of nearly 10,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands. We currently have six full-time and three part-time staff, as well as two AmeriCorps Members carrying out the day to day activities of the Trust. We also have interns, seasonal employees, and volunteers who assist us on a regular basis. Our Board of Directors is comprised of 14 committed individuals from the communities we serve and we enjoy the support of nearly 1,200 members from around the region.

Partnerships play a very big role in our work to protect land and we are proud to partner with dozens of agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations including the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, the Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Trust for Public Lands, Trustees of Reservations and the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.

How We Work

The Wildlands Trust works to permanently protect and steward important habitats and landscapes by:

  • assisting landowners who wish to voluntarily conserve their properties;

  • assisting farmers and other landowners who want to farm their lands;

  • managing a portfolio of diverse habitats and undeveloped land that contributes to the rural character and quality of life in southeastern Massachusetts;

  • assisting towns that seek to protect open space;

  • fundraising and seeking grants for the purchase of properties with exceptional conservation values;

  • establishing partnerships with a range of private and public entities who share our goals; and

  • providing innovative outreach programs to help promote and build sustainable communities in southeastern Massachusetts.