As of January 1, 2017, the Trust was responsible for approximately 30,000 acres located throughout the state. These lands are managed as a system of over 100 nature preserves.
Deer hunting is allowed at many of the Trust's preserves with written Trust authorization because the Trust believes that a reduction of the deer population will reduce 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. Click here for hunter registration.
Natural Lands Trust preserves are open from dawn to dusk for passive recreation uses such as hiking, birding and nature study. Many people volunteer to conduct clean ups and other authorized maintenance at Trust preserves. All visitors and volunteers at the preserves are reminded that Trust preserves are unimproved / undeveloped rural or semirural land and the Trust shall not be liable if a person is injured because of any natural risks or hazards that are inherent characteristics of such land. In addition, all collected trash and debris must be legally disposed; no trash or debris may be left at preserves without the Trust’s written permission.
When visiting a Trust preserve consider using the iNaturalist app to document the animals and plants you observe! Your observations can help the Trust identify habitat and management needs! How to use the iNaturalist app: