Vision & History

Conservation, Recreation & Education to enhance quality of life in North Alabama


The Land Trust leads regional and community collaborations that plan, preserve, and provide stewardship for green space in North Alabama.


Our mission is to preserve North Alabama’s scenic, historic and ecological resources through conservation, advocacy, recreation and education.

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Our History

Land Trust of North Alabama is a member-supported non-profit organization with a mission to conserve natural land, provide spaces for outdoor recreation, and share opportunities to learn about the value of our environment. The Land Trust was incorporated on June 24, 1987, as a 501(c)(3) organization with the support and encouragement of the Huntsville City Council, becoming Alabama’s first land trust.

Our Roots
The Land Trust was established as a result of potential development on the western slopes of Monte Sano. In the late 1980’s, the City of Huntsville established an Ad Hoc Committee to review slope development and open space issues. The Huntsville Land Trust began with a dedicated group of volunteers and board members working to raise money to save the western face of Monte Sano. Several donations of land were received in the first few years and eventually the first Executive Director was hired. The Trust for Public Land worked with the new land trust to negotiate the purchase of the 547 acres on Monte Sano that had been planned for development.

Growth & Recognition
By 1997, the Huntsville Land Trust held 950 acres of property and was showing a steady increase in membership support. With consistent financial support from the local jurisdictions and fundraising events, the Huntsville Land Trust began a new period of growth. Between 1998 and 2002, the Land Trust increased its land holdings to over 3,000 acres. The organization’s name was changed to The Land Trust of Huntsville & North Alabama in 1998, then again in 2010 to Land Trust of North Alabama in an effort to better reflect the broader mission of service to ten counties in North Alabama.

  • 1989: Received Bahai’ Community of Huntsville’s Human Right/Environmental Award

Our Work Continues

To date, more than 9,000 acres in six counties have been preserved. Over 70 miles of public trails have been developed and are maintained by staff and volunteers. These lands include habitat for rare – and in some cases, endangered – species. Land Trust properties remain protected in their natural state and, in many cases, are open to the public for outdoor recreation. Some of the acres are used as outdoor laboratories for local schools, scientists, and researchers, allowing students to personally experience the biological diversity of our environment.

In 2016, The City of Huntsville partnered with Land Trust of North Alabama to revise and expedite a Greenway Master Plan for pedestrian connectivity across the City of Huntsville. Over the next few years, the Land Trust will assist with greenway planning preparation and mapping, identify funding sources, and work with landowners on acquisition to ensure the plan becomes a reality.

Land Trust of North Alabama has become the conduit for establishing a mosaic of natural areas throughout the North Alabama area, allowing all residents easy access to experience nature first-hand. Through land preservation, the natural character of the community is preserved, its essential spirit is maintained, and the quality of life of its residents is permanently enhanced.

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