As of January 1, 2017, the Trust was responsible for approximately 30,000 acres located throughout the state. These lands are managed as a system of over 100 nature preserves.
Deer hunting is allowed at many of the Trust's preserves with written Trust authorization (Hunting Registration here) because the Trust believes that a reduction of the deer population will reduce the negative effects of deer browsing on biodiversity. Those who visit during the deer hunting season (between September and February) are advised to wear hunter orange.
Natural Lands Trust preserves are open from dawn to dusk for passive recreation uses such as hiking, birding and nature study. Many people volunteer to conduct clean ups and other authorized maintenance at Trust preserves. All visitors and volunteers at the preserves are reminded that Trust preserves are unimproved/undeveloped rural or semirural land and the Trust shall not be liable if a person is injured because of any natural risks or hazards that are inherent characteristics of such land. In addition, all collected trash and debris must be legally disposed; no trash or debris may be left at preserves without the Trust’s written permission.
The following activities are PROHIBITED on Trust Preserves:
- Dumping or littering
- Use of motorized vehicles except on public roads
- Use of ATVs, quads, 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, wave-runners or other vehicles
- Fires or fireworks
- Alcohol possession or use
- Climbing trees
- Hunting for deer without written Trust permission
- Hunting for bear, turkey, small game or waterfowl
- Hunting on Sundays
- Carrying or use of firearms or weapons other than for authorized deer hunting
- Collection, harassment, or destruction of plants, animals, rocks, cultural artifacts, or fossils
- Use of gas, electric or battery-powered landscaping equipment
- Use of drones