The Ozark Regional Land Trust is part of a rapidly expanding land conservation movement throughout the United States that now includes more than 1,700 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.
ORLT has dozens of projects protecting more than 25,000 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. ORLT also preserves urban greenspace, agricultural lands, historic places, and sensitive ecological sites.
ORLT is a non-profit conservation land trust with tax-exempt status pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to ORLT are tax deductible. ORLT was founded in 1984 and is operated by a volunteer board of directors that oversees the activities of the organization and directs its staff.