About  ::  How We Work

Ask our landowners or partner agencies about Nevada Land Trust and you’ll hear words like trusted, local, respectful, flexible, and creative.   We’ve also been called resourceful, scrappy, persistent, and extremely passionate about conservation in Nevada.  We are proud of the solid partnerships and relationships built over the years, and recognize that as Nevada’s first independent land trust, we’d be nowhere without them.   

Nevada Land Trust’s volunteer Board of Trustees and staff (with over 100 years of combined conservation project experience!) assess each potential project based on the values that merit protection and other critical factors.  Examples include:

  • Wildlife habitat and affected species
  • Recreation opportunities
  • Cultural or archaeological significance
  • Preserving Nevada’s history 
  • Streams, springs, or other water source
  • Proximity to other protected lands
  • Landowner’s needs and expectations
  • Restoration opportunities 
  • Organizational capacity
  • Total project costs and available funding


No two projects are the same.  Sometimes the best conservation outcome is through acquisition by a public entity, as in the case of an inholding surrounded on all sides by public land.  Often these contain the water sources that support wildlife on those public lands.  Most, but not all, of the costs of these acquisitions are funded through local, state, and federal programs.  Nevada Land Trust must raise sufficient funds to cover all costs before a project can be completed successfully.  Learn more about acquisitions here

Other times, a conservation easement is the answer.  Ranching families find that working with Nevada Land Trust on a conservation easement gives them great comfort that their family’s land will remain open and in production, and may allow for financial benefits as well.  Conservation easements are drafted to both protect the resource values of a property, as well as to support the continued pursuit of the family’s livelihood.  Conservation easements rarely grant public access, and the underlying property remains in private ownership. Learn more about conservation easements here.

Nevada Land Trust also receives gifts of donated land and water rights.  Just as with any acquisition, these gifts are assessed for their conservation values and we meet with the donor to clarify their wishes and intent.  Like all NLT efforts, this too is collaborative.  NLT has also been fortunate to be named the beneficiary of several non-conservation properties – at the time they become available to us, NLT may sell them and the proceeds will be put toward other conservation projects.  Learn more about ways to support NLT here.

Whether answering an urgent call to shore up a stream bank after a wildfire, mobilizing volunteers to keep invasive weeds at bay, or seeking to hand over a property to the public in better shape than when we found it, land restoration has become an increasingly important part of our work.  As NLT’s agency partners experience further cutbacks to funding, it’s all the more essential for us to step up in this way – and private landowners are increasingly relying on us to provide sound recommendations for restoring and replanting habitat areas in this unique Great Basin climate.  Learn more about NLT’s restoration initiatives here.

Nevada Land Trust can create community-based conservation solutions, like founding the Washoe Valley Working Group to bring stakeholders together to protect the Old Winter’s Ranch in Washoe Valley, and serves as a common-sense voice for Nevada conservation at the local, state, and federal level.  Nevada Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) charitable conservation organization that relies on generous support from private individuals, foundations, and agency grants to fulfill our mission of protecting the special places and open spaces of Nevada for future generations.

Finally, Nevada Land Trust is a Co-Founder of the One Truckee River initiative working to ensure the Truckee River's health and vitality for generations to come. As co-founder, Nevada Land Trust assisted in creating the One Truckee River Management Plan, the first overarching management plan for the river which addresses quality of life, recreation, water quality, ecosystem health, education, social issues, public safety, funding, and stewardship. Long-term action items include designating the river region in Reno and Sparks as a regional park; developing a system of educational kiosks along the entire Truckee River; and providing proper support efforts for those living on the river. More information, including the entire management plan, can be found at www.onetruckeeriver.org.