Our Work

Eddy Sisters Property

Eddy Sisters Property. Courtesy of Brewster Conservation Trust.

Strengthening Land Trusts. Advancing Land Conservation.

Vision Statement

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition envisions a robust and resilient mosaic of conserved open spaces that serves the diverse needs of people and wildlife across Massachusetts and is sustained by an effective and united land conservation community.


The mission of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition is to advance land conservation across Massachusetts by providing education, tools, networking and advocacy for land trusts and their partners.

What We Do

Land trusts are private, non-profit land conservation organizations that work with landowners to acquire land or conservation restrictions for permanent conservation. Many communities in Massachusetts have local land trusts, and many are also served by statewide or regional land trusts.There are 140 land trusts working in Massachusetts, more than any other state except California.

Land trusts steward over 250,000 acres in Massachusetts – nearly 5% of the state’s land area. They've also provided critical support to conserve thousands of additional acres of conservation land in municipal, state or federal ownership.  These conserved areas provide vital forests, farmland, wildlife habitat, drinking water protection, and healthy outdoor recreation opportunities.Today, land trusts are hard at work helping Massachusetts meet its goal under the state-mandated Clean Energy and Climate Plan to conserve 40% of the state's natural and working lands by 2050.

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition strengthens land trusts and advances land conservation by: 

  • Building the capacity of the conservation community and the next generation of land trust leaders through regular training sessions, seminars, and one of the nation's largest land conservation conferences.
  • Informing, connecting, and unifying land trust leaders through our widely- distributed eNews, listserv, and regular peer-learning and networking forums. 
  • Acting as the voice of Massachusetts’ land trusts by advocating for legislation and state funding to support land conservation. 
  • Facilitating innovative collaborations and constructive dialogue between land trusts and their public and private partners to advance shared goals.