WHAT IS A LAND TRUST?
Land trusts acquire open space through gifts and purchases. In recent years, the fastest growing means of protecting land has been with the use of a conservation easement, a legal agreement between a private landowner and a land trust that permanently limits the scope and type of development while leaving the land in private ownership.
Land trusts fund their protection activities through private donations, gifts from corporations and foundations and memberships.
The Indian River Land Trust was formed in 1990. Since that time we have:Purchased and restored McKee Botanical GardenHelped protect Jungle Trail and Pelican Island Wildlife RefugeEstablished a fund for the Archie Carr Refuge for Sea Turtles Commissioned the county’s first environmental land study.