As of January 1, 2010, the Trust was responsible for over 26,000
acres located throughout the state. These lands comprise over
100 Natural Lands Trust Preserves, and the number is steadily
growing. Many Trust preserves are suitable for public visitation,
and have features such as limited parking and interpretive trails.
Parcels that do not adjoin public roads are considered land-locked
and are not available for public access or hunting at this time.
Passive recreational use is allowed only if it will not adversely
affect biological diversity on the lands.
Deer hunting is allowed in many of the Trust's preserves with
written authorization in order to assist in reducing the negative
effects of deer browsing on biodiversity. Those who visit during
the deer hunting season (between September and February) are advised
to wear hunter orange. No hunting is allowed on Sundays, making
Sundays good visitation days during the deer hunting season.
Natural Lands Trust preserves are open during daylight hours for general, passive outdoor recreation use and nature study. The Trust encourages groups and individuals to visit and utilize the preserves for nature study, bird watching, day hiking, and/or fishing.
The following activities are not permitted on
- Alcohol possession or use
- Hunting for deer without written permission
- Hunting for bear, turkey, small game or waterfowl
- Carrying or use of firearms or weapons other than for hunting
- Use of motorized vehicles off of public roads
- Use of ATVs, quads, 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, wave-runners
or other vehicles
- Collection or destruction of plants, animals, cultural artifacts
- Dumping or littering
Click the green dots below for maps and additional information
on selected Trust preserves, including locations, features of
interest, size, access, directions, permitted passive recreational
activities and registration for deer hunting,
where allowed. Purple dots refer to preserves with information
not currently available on this website.