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We are a local, non-governmental, nonprofit 501(c)(3) conservation organization dedicated to forever protecting the special places and landscapes that define our region. 

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The mission of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is to protect and enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas through the permanent protection of land.

The vision and promise of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is to work collaboratively and tirelessly to ensure that our region’s abundant scenic beauty, clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation opportunities, local food supply and natural heritage are permanently protected for the benefit and prosperity of current and future generations.

“NWALT” is the only local, homegrown and accredited land trust in the state and in the region.  We work with conservation-minded landowners, municipalities and partner organizations to protect land with agricultural, ecological, scenic, historic and recreational significance in Northwest Arkansas.

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust was founded in 2003 by a group of community leaders who saw the need for a local land trust focused on our growing region. 

Today, the population of Northwest Arkansas has swelled to over 500,000, and the growth trend continues. Benton and Washington counties alone gain an average of more than 34 new residents every day.


Our region is well known for its abundant scenic beauty, clean air, clean water, wildlife habitats, outdoor recreation, family farms and rural charm. Although urban growth has brought many amenities to the region, we must protect these natural areas that provide such a high quality of life.

The land trust provides local, voluntary and permanent land protection services to landowners and municipalities who wish to forever conserve the special places that define our region. The purpose of the land trust is to protect quality of life in Northwest Arkansas, including clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, abundant scenic beauty, local food supplies, recreational opportunities and our natural heritage, for the benefit of the community and the many generations to come. 

Our Team

Our staff members are deeply committed to preserving our quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. Get to know our team of diverse professionals working hard to save land in our region.

Our Board of Directors

The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust Board of Directors is a dedicated group of community leaders with expertise in law, land development, engineering, business, finance, and ecology.  They live and work in Northwest Arkansas and meet regularly to direct the activities of the land trust. Learn more about our board leadership here. 

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Our Accreditation

We are the first Accredited Land Trust in the state and in the region. Accreditation is a mark of distinction earned by meeting national standards set by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission for excellence, including sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance and lasting stewardship.


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