Help Keep Texas Big, Wide and Open!
Conserving Texas’ legacy
Every ten years, Texas loses over two million acres of rural lands. Most often, the landowner cannot pay the estate tax bill and is forced to sell, with the result that the land is fragmented into smaller and smaller pieces, or is lost completely to development. TALT’s founders shared the concern that Texas is losing its open spaces and natural resources, and wanted landowners to have additional tools to conserve their lands.
Since TALT was founded we have partnered with landowners to permanently protect 226,177 acres throughout the state. We understand the important role of land stewardship in a state with 95% privately-owned lands, and work to engender confidence from those who have previously been skeptical of conservation easements and land trusts.
Building Capacity to Conserve Working Lands in Texas
We are mindful of our obligations, not only to our partner landowners, but to the land and to all Texans who benefit from the protection of private lands. For that reason, we give the same thought and care to creating a sustainable organization that will withstand the challenge of time as we do to writing conservation easements that will endure into perpetuity.
In early 2014, the TALT Board adopted a new strategic plan that will help us build a sustainable organization that meets the needs of landowners and solidifies TALT’s position as a leader in the land conservation arena. In order to meet these objectives, TALT’s 5-year fundraising goal is $3,800,000. We hope that you will join us in this effort: An investment in TALT will help to preserve Texas’ open space and vital natural resources for future generations.
An investment in TALT is an investment in a future with wide open spaces
for our children, grandchildren, and all Texans.
Why the urgency?
- Texas is losing her agricultural land at a faster rate than any other state.
- Every day in Texas, 500 acres of grazing lands, farm land, and wildlife habitat are lost to development and another 1000 per day are chopped into smaller and smaller pieces.
Return on Investment:
- As of January, 2014, the total market value of lands conserved by TALT easements: $136,079,000
- Total expenses to date, 2007 through 3-31-14: $1,861,845
- Total acreage conserved to date: 226,177
- In terms of acreage under easement, TALT is the largest state-based land trust in Texas, and in the top 15 land trusts in the country
Texas Agricultural Land Trust is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 26-0161807) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.