The mission of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT) is to support and advance professional excellence in voluntary private land conservation for people and nature.

The Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT), created in 2010, is a group of nineteen nonprofit land trust organizations and two local and state government-sponsored programs working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements throughout the state of Idaho. ICOLT also helps to coordinate association members to achieve legislative, administrative, communications and policy goals. 

Idaho has a strong tradition of land trust and land conservation excellence.  All members of ICOLT comply with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices as a condition of membership. These Standards and Practices are organizational operating guidelines that ensure professional integrity and quality. Upholding these standards helps Idaho’s conservation organizations meet their perpetual responsibility to uphold the conservation values of Idaho’s irreplaceable landscapes.

Seven of ICOLT's members are accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a certification of excellence, trust and permanence. Accredited Idaho Land Trusts and partners:

  • Kaniksu Land Trust

  • Land Trust of the Treasure Valley

  • Lemhi Regional Land Trust

  • Palouse Land Trust

  • Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust

  • Teton Regional Land Trust

  • Wood River Land Trust

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • The Trust for Public Land

Land trusts negotiate voluntary agreements with landowners that limit commercial development and residential subdivision of the property. In essence, land trusts acquire, and then retire, development rights of the property. Conservation easements have potential federal estate tax and federal income tax benefits for landowners. Many land trusts work with local, county and federal programs that provide public funding for land conservation. Some land trusts have active trails and outdoor recreation programs.

Idaho land trusts have assisted private landowners in conserving over 315,000 acres in the state, and thanks to federal conservation tax incentives and the quality work of land trusts, the pace of private land conservation has increased in recent years.