Adirondack Land Trust

Fulfilling the promise of the Adirondack Park as a place of resilient lands, waters and communities.

Mission and Accomplishments

The Adirondack Land Trust protects farms and forests, undeveloped shoreline, scenic vistas, and lands and waters contributing to the quality of life of our communities as well as the wildness and rural character of the Adirondacks.

By the Numbers

  • 1984: The year ALT was founded
  • 26,628 acres conserved
  • 20 working farms producing milk, apples, cattle and hay protected by voluntary conservation agreements
  • 360-degree view of Lake Champlain, High Peaks and valley farmland, from the protected summit of Coon Mountain 
  • 2 farmers’ markets in the Champlain Valley— founding partner
  • 6,535 acres of working forests supplying local mills


What do land trusts do?

Land trusts are private 510-c-3 nonprofits that empower private citizens to work together to conserve land for public benefit. American land trusts voluntarily conserve nearly 2 million acres per year. Land trusts work with landowners and communities to conserve land by accepting donations of land, purchasing land, negotiating voluntary conservation agreements on land, and caring for conserved land in perpetuity.

Can you provide an example of how the Adirondack Land Trust approaches conservation?

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, ALT and the counties have worked together to protect thousands of acres of privately owned farmland.

Where does the Adirondack Land Trust work?

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 lands as diverse as working forests, trails that connect communities to wildlands, and islands and undeveloped shoreline in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Oneida, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties.

How can I support the Adirondack Land Trust?

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!