About Great Rivers Land Trust

Great Rivers Land Preservation Association, Inc. a.k.a. Great Rivers Land Trust (GRLT) was established in 1992 by private citizens who were concerned about land use in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region.  The organization’s mission is to promote the preservation and improvement of natural resources principally in the watershed of the Mississippi River for the benefit of the general public.  These resources include:  land and water resources, plant and animal life thereon, and the area’s unique scenic, natural and historic sites.

GRLT’s mission is broad and its projects are numerous and varied.  In pursuing its mission, GRLT has partnered with key institutions in the community and elsewhere.  Some of these include:  area colleges such as Lewis and Clark Community College, Principia College, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; the State of Illinois through departments such as the Illinois Department of Transportation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Department of Natural Resources; the Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. National Park Service; and local cities such as Alton, Brussels, Elsah, Godfrey, and Grafton.

GRLT has achieved national recognition as a land trust accredited by the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, meeting high-quality standards for protecting important natural places in perpetuity.