We steward over 30,000 acres of working lands, forests, watersheds, nature preserves and other critical natural resources in the Ozarks. Your support allows us to continue this essential work and to partner with landowners across the region to conserve even more lands for future generations.

Protecting Essential Lands In The Ozarks

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With your help and financial contributions we can ensure that our beautiful Ozarks will be preserved in perpetuity for generations to come.

Help Us Protect This Land

We are proud to announce that we've officially received our accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission! The accreditation is designated by the placement of this seal on our website and materials.

According to the commission, "The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. It is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence. Each accredited land trust completes a rigorous review process and joins a network of organizations united by strong ethical practices. This trusted network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions and lasting stewardship of the lands they conserve."

Thank you to all of you who have worked with us over the years to help make this possible. We look forward to continuing the good work expected of land trusts who bear this seal!



  1. Land trusts maintain high ethical standards and have a mission committed to conservation, community service and public benefit.

  2. Land trusts fulfill their legal requirements as nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and comply with all laws.

  3. Land trust boards act ethically in conducting the affairs of the organization and carry out their legal and financial responsibilities as required by law.

  4. Land trusts have policies and procedures to avoid or manage real or perceived conflicts of interest.

  5. Land trusts conduct fundraising activities in a lawful, ethical and responsible manner.

  6. Land trusts are responsible and accountable for how they manage their finances and assets

  7.  Land trusts have sufficient skilled personnel to carry out their programs, whether volunteers, staff and/or consultants/contractors.

  8. Land trusts carefully evaluate and select their conservation projects.

  9. Land trusts work diligently to see that every land and conservation easement transaction is legally, ethically and technically sound.

  10. Land trusts work diligently to see that every charitable gift of land or conservation easement meets federal and state tax law requirements, to avoid fraudulent or abusive transactions and to uphold public confidence in land conservation.

  11. Land trusts have a program of responsible stewardship for their conservation easements.

  12. Land trusts have a program of responsible stewardship for the land held in fee for conservation purposes.

Twelve Guiding Principles of Land Trust Standards and Practices

The Standards set 12 broad principles. These standards are broken down into 59 practices and 188 practice elements, which describe the essential actions needed to fulfill the Standards. Here are the 12 Standards that land trusts commit to uphold:

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Who We Are

Ozark Land Trust is part of a rapidly expanding land conservation movement throughout the United States that now includes about 2,000 land trusts.  Land trusts are private, nonprofit, voluntary organizations dedicated to helping landowners protect land in perpetuity through various methods that include conservation easements, nature preserves, and partnerships with conservation organizations.

OLT has dozens of projects protecting more than 30,000 acres of land throughout the Ozark region.  It has been instrumental in protecting many natural and geological features such as waterfalls, caves, springs, bluffs, forests, prairies, glades, rivers, and wetlands.  OLT also preserves urban greenspace, agricultural lands, historic places, and sensitive ecological sites.


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Why You Should Support OLT

Why Do You Love The Ozarks?

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Check Out Some Of Our Projects

OLT has a long track-record of successful land conservation in the Ozarks particularly with conservation easements on large farms and forests. These lands remain in private ownership, but their conservation values and scenic qualities are now protected in perpetuity.

OLT also owns more than 4,300 acres of nature preserves and sustainably managed forests. Most of these lands are open for exploration upon request. With some, like Kress Farm (below), are open to the public!

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As advocates for land conservation, we share the passion of our members. Take a moment and listen, in their own words, what makes the Ozarks so special to them.

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