About the Land Trust

The 40-Mile Loop Land Trust, a non-profit private land acquisition organization.  The Trust remains independent of any governmental body and is managed by a volunteer citizen board of directors. It was incorporated in 1981 with the purpose of assisting in the acquisition of lands along with conservation and recreation easements along the 40-Mile Loop corridor.

Learn more about the history, here!

The 40-Mile Loop Land Trust brings together the  park planning activities of 13 local jurisdictions, including:

  • Multnomah County
  • City of Portland
  • Oregon State Parks Division
  • Port of Portland
  • Corps of Engineers
  • State & Federal Fish and Game Agencies
  • Public Drainage Districts
  • Cities of Gresham and Troutdale

The cooperative venture has proven to be cost effective.  As governmental budgets make reductions to parks programs, the work of a private, non-profit group such as the Land Trust in coordinating the various agencies and initiating land acquisitions saves the agencies time and money.

Helping make the Loop a reality is a big return for a small investment.  Activities of the Land Trust include:

  • Acquiring lands by using funds available in the Trust’s revolving fund.
  • Accepting land donations by deed or by contract.
  • Accepting conservation easements or other rights to trail construction.
  • “Land Banking” of properties for future transfer to public agencies.
  • Identification of needed land along the corridor.
  • Advocacy of government funding for purchase and construction of trails.
  • Development of public access to the trail.
  • Help in forming local advocacy groups for management and use of parks.