On December 8, 1988, WLT-US, originally known as World Parks Endowment, was incorporated in New York State as a not-for-profit organization. In September 2006, we formed a partnership with World Land Trust (based in the UK) and changed our name to World Land Trust-US.
Immediately following our 1988 inception, WLT-US started supporting major land protection initiatives, such as buying 11,000 acres (at $4 an acre!) in Sierra de las Minas, Guatemala. WLT-US has never wavered from our core land protection mission in our 25 years. The diversity of projects undertaken has been outstanding, including buying and protecting several islands in the Falkland Islands, expanding key protected areas like Tortuguero National Park and Mondeverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica, establishing three major indigenous reserves in Peru, and over 500,000 acres of critical lands purchased outright for reserves across Central and South America. In total, 7,000,000 plus acres have been saved thanks to WLT-US support of in-country partners across Latin America.
For 24 years, WLT-US has been steadfast to the mission of saving critical lands for conservation through land purchase and protected area designations. WLT-US has played a central role in the creation of 67 new protected areas in 17 countries while working with local organizations that empower inidgenous people to steward their own resources. WLT-US, with support from people like you, protects REAL acres in REAL places.
Click here to view the history of the 7,000,000 acres saved by WLT-US and our partners.
Click here to view a summary of WLT-US' past accomplishments.