The Wilderness Land Trust purchases private property within designated wilderness from willing sellers who wish to see their land permanently protected. During our 26-year history, we’ve acquired properties that threatened the surrounding wilderness with home and resort development, road construction, mining, and logging. We also work in proposed wilderness, partnering with local organizations to identify properties that, if acquired by the Trust and then added to public land, would change the proposed wilderness boundary and solve critical access or management issues.
Each project requires two transactions – once we acquire a property, we transfer it to the federal agency managing the surrounding landscape, ensuring the land is protected and becomes part of our nation’s legacy of wild public lands.
The Trust is a tenacious problem solver, navigating the complexities of each transaction. Support from our donors allows us to be nimble, patient, and remain keenly focused on our mission.