What Are Tradelands?

Tradelands can be properties in cities, subdivisions, industrial areas, or rural places. The land typically doesn’t have any conservation or ecological value, but can still be used to support conservation in Louisiana.

How? Well, when a property owner donates land to us through our Tradelands Program, Land Trust for Louisiana is able to sell that property and use the proceeds to support our conservation work across the state.

Sometimes, the property – all or in part – does in fact possess important conservation value, in which case the Land Trust will sell the property to a conservation buyer with an easement in place.

Nelwyn McInnis, our land protection specialist, gazing up at an enormous Loblolly pine during a monitoring trip to one of our Tradeland properties in St. Tammany Parish. Due to its characteristics this property may be eligible for sale to a conservation buyer.

One of our St. Tammany Tradelands properties is a good example of land with potential ecological value. It consists of mature, undeveloped forest dominated by BIG Loblolly pines, some 90-100 years old! However, this is an unusual exception to the types of properties that are the best fit for this program. Our goal is to work with landowners to ensure that ANY type of land can be used to benefit conservation!

You can learn more about Tradelands and other ways to support our mission here. And if you are a landowner who is…

  1. Passionate about conservation
  2. In possession of a property with more commercial than ecological value

Let’s talk! You can fill out this contact form to reach out to a member of our team.

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