About 50,000 acres of the 1.5 million total acres of conserved land in Illinois are owned by conservation land trusts. Traditionally, conservation land trusts have protected land, often restored it, and transferred it to government entities for long-term ownership. This dynamic effectively transferred the responsibility of land stewardship to those governmental entities.
However, macro-economic and political issues have resulted in insufficient funding for governmental conservation agencies to purchase land from conservation land trusts.
A team of not-for-profit organizations led by Delta collaborated on a research project to understand and map out the current conditions of conservation organization-led land stewardship in Illinois. Explore details of the study and our findings here. A recording of our January 2020 webinar on our recommendations is available below and on our YouTube channel.
Together, we are helping to preserve beautiful natural and working lands across Illinois.