Established in 1978, Bur Oak Land Trust is a non-profit land trust which accepts donations of land from property owners who want their natural areas to be in the public trust, available for present and future generations. The Trust’s conservation options include arranging and holding conservation easements, facilitating the transfers of land from private to public ownership, and advising land owners on donation, sale, and conservation of their land.
Our mission: To protect and conserve natural areas to enrich and engage current and future generations.
Bur Oak Land Trust cooperates with other groups which assist us promoting and conserving natural areas, including the Johnson County Conservation Board, the Community Foundation of Johnson County, the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Friends of Hickory Hill Park, the Iowa Nature Conservancy, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Environmental Council and Sustainable Iowa Land Trust.
The Trust currently maintains and preserves eleven local natural areas for the enjoyment and education of the public, and holds 14 conservation easements.