What Our Borrowers Say

We help land trusts, trails groups, botanic gardens, sustainability organizations and other nonprofits succeed by providing flexible financing and capacity to get conservation done swiftly and strategically. Here’s what our borrowers say about working with our Land Conservation Loan Program team:

  • Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Montana

    Bozeman Pond Park

    Popular for its trails, beaches, fishing access, dog park and climbing boulder, the 16-acre Bozeman Pond Park sits in a densely populated, fast growing section of Bozeman, Montana that is underserved by public open space. When a 12-acre property adjacent… Read More

  • Western New York Land Conservancy


    Near the Lake Erie shore, the community of Eden boasts some of New York state’s most fertile soil. That’s why family-owned vegetable and dairy farms and plant nurseries dot the rural landscape. Conserving this farming heritage has been a goal… Read More

  • Norwalk Land Trust, Connecticut

    Waterfront at Farm Creek Preserve

    Sometimes, big conservation can be accomplished by small organizations—particularly with some help from The Conservation Fund. Take, for example, the Norwalk Land Trust in Connecticut. An all-volunteer group with an annual budget of less than $10,000, the Trust just purchased… Read More

  • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

    Waterfall On Beck Family Property In North Carolina

    The Appalachian Mountains unfold between Tennessee and North Carolina in rugged land that beckons with bird calls, breathtaking views and hearty climbs. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy aims to keep it that way.And so do we. “I can’t speak highly… Read More

  • Indian River Land Trust, Florida

    Planting mangroves at Bee Gum Point

    Florida’s picturesque Indian River Lagoon attracts a third of Florida’s endangered manatees, 350 species of birds, thousands of animal and plant varieties, and plenty of sun-loving humans. This last group is responsible for a building boom that has gobbled up all but a… Read More

  • Brandywine Conservancy, Pennsylvania

    birds flying over Brandywine Battlefield

    David Shields of the Brandywine Conservancy often thinks about the fateful day in September 1777 when General George Washington’s troops defended against British forces along the banks of the Brandywine River near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. That bloody day witnessed the… Read More

  • Franklin Land Trust, Massachusetts

    Connecticut River Valley

    Rich Hubbard’s phone rings often. As director of the Franklin Land Trust in western Massachusetts, Hubbard fields multiple calls a week from landowners asking for help. “Currently, we have 60 active projects and a total of over 100 in the… Read More

  • Land Conservancy Of West Michigan

    Beach grass at Saugatuck Harbor, Michigan

    Securing the latest addition to the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area along Lake Michigan was a saga worthy of the big screen. It took five decades. It cost $19 million. The cast of characters included an Oklahoma landowner, a regional land… Read More

  • Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, Minnesota

    Headwaters of the Mississippi River

    Just a few hours north of the Twin Cities, the pristine forests and clean waters that empty into Minnesota’s Leech Lake are not only beautiful, but also economically beneficial, attracting many of the tourists who contribute millions to the area’s… Read More

  • Westcave Preserve, Texas

    Canyon Grotto canopied by giant cypress trees

    Austin may be the Lone Star State’s most forward-thinking city, but just outside town—in the hill country—Westcave Preserve takes you way back in time. Climbing through this 75-acre surprise of limestone caves, cypress trees and waterfalls, you know you’re in… Read More

  • River Revitalization Foundation, Wisconsin

    Downtown Milwaukee Wisconsin

    Three Wisconsin rivers—the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic—join in bustling downtown Milwaukee before flowing into Lake Michigan. These rivers define the region, and people flock to them. The River Revitalization Foundation, an urban rivers land trust, hopes to keep it that way. “There’s not… Read More

  • Natural Heritage Land Trust, Wisconsin

    Members from the Natural Heritage Land Trust

    Giant teardrops. Whale profiles. Sculpted mounds. People get creative when describing drumlins: steep, narrow hills that clump in large fields, like massive memories of longgone glaciers. One fine example is in Dane County, in south-central Wisconsin, where parallel drumlins interrupt… Read More

  • Jackson Hole Land Trust, Wyoming

    Grand Tetons

    Wyoming’s Teton County is an outdoor paradise in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. It’s here, in the Snake River Valley, that the Jackson Hole Land Trust was created 33 years ago, to protect privately held agricultural, scenic, and natural resources at… Read More