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Know the West

Land Trusts

  The last decade has been a good one for the West's land trusts. A census conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Land Trust Alliance reveals that the number of land trusts that serve the Rocky Mountain states has risen from 20 to 52, and the Southwest shows similar growth. Nationwide, these private nonprofits, whose primary purpose is to conserve land, have protected a total of 4.7 million acres through conservation easements and land purchases.

For more information, contact Land Trust Alliance, 1319 F St. N.W., Ste. 501, Washington, D.C., 20004-1106, (202/638-4725).