We are committed to protecting and preserving the Willamette Valley—this awe-inspiring place that we love here in western Oregon. We are driven by a shared understanding that if we fail to protect these treasured lands, we will not get them back—and something essential to our culture, economy, and environment will be lost, forever.
Greenbelt Land Trust is a local land conservation 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on protecting ecologically, agriculturally, and historically significant lands in the mid-Willamette Valley. We work strategically to secure significant natural areas in accordance with a careful plan. And we strive for connectivity, linking protected natural areas with parks and public spaces to provide wildlife corridors, protect valuable natural resources, and expand opportunities for low-impact recreation and renewal. Protected—and connected—these natural areas make our communities more desirable as places to live and work, and help preserve Oregon’s distinctive landscape and character.
“We know that the Greenbelt is committed to protecting our natural areas forever. We want to be a part of that promise to our community so that future generations can continue to enjoy the things that drew us here.” – Bob Griffiths
We work alongside landowners in Benton, Linn, Marion, and Polk Counties to create innovative conservation options to protect wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreational resources. Greenbelt Land Trust acquires land through purchase, conservation easements, and occasionally through donations. Over 3,695 acres of critically important lands are currently under permanent protection by the Trust, and are being managed to build resilient water systems, enhance habitat for wildlife, and create productive natural ecosystems.
To protect in perpetuity native habitats, working lands, and lands of natural beauty, which provide a connection to the natural world for residents of the mid-Willamette Valley.
– Greenbelt Land Trust Mission Statement
Since our founding in 1989, Greenbelt Land Trust has emerged as a regional and national leader in the land trust and conservation community. Through a strong network of partnerships, including land trusts, watershed councils, state and federal agencies, soil and water conservation districts, and many more, the Trust works to develop strategic and comprehensive plans for land protection and restoration.
By undergoing an exhaustive organizational evaluation, in 2008 Greenbelt Land Trust become one of the first out of 1700 land trusts to achieve national accreditation. This mark of distinction recognizes land trusts that maintain exemplary policies and practices. Learn more about Accreditation.