Conserving Land North of the Alaska Range

For the benefit of our community

The Interior Alaska Land Trust (IALT) is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization, started in 1995. We work with Interior Alaska landowners to protect, acquire or manage natural, scenic, recreational, agricultural, historic, or cultural aspects of property.

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Our Commitment to Conservation

Land trusts can be found in every state. There are more than 1,600 of them, some over 100 years old. There are seven in Alaska alone. Land trusts have protected over 12 million acres of land in the U.S. They are mostly local organizations, although there is a national organization, the Land Trust Alliance, that provides professional support. In every case, land trusts work only with willing land owners, and support land issues that are important to their own communities.

Serving Our Community

The Interior Alaska Land Trust serves several purposes in the Fairbanks area. Continuing development throughout the community has brought attention to land use issues. The pace of building, though not at frantic as during pipeline days, is beginning to turn the last remaining undeveloped areas into small pockets, and cutting up trails and greenways that people thought were protected.

Private land that people acquired 30 or more years ago has increased tremendously in value. Often these are large parcels, and their owners find that their heirs would be required to sell some of the land just to pay the inheritance taxes. In these cases, the Interior Alaska Land Trust can hold an easement on the land, reducing its estate tax value, protecting open space, or connecting greenways and trails.

Upcoming Events

Board Meetings

*First Tuesday of the Month @ 6:30 p.m.

*Due to COVID-19 our meetings have been virtual via Zoom. If you would like to attend, which we encourage, please contact Owen Guthrie (*

Join our monthly meetings for the latest projects and news: members and the public are welcome.

Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustNov 16, 2020 @ 5:49am
That red dot in the middle of Goldstream Valley is the most recent acquisition of ours! The 40-acre Steffensen parcel was the final piece to the central Goldstream conservation lands "puzzle" which allows for continuity of habitat and trails across Ballaine Road.

A couple months ago we asked the community for help, as we were short on funds to acquire this critical parcel. Thanks to all the generous donations from folks across the community, this property (and the trail that crosses it) will now be conserved in perpetuity! You did it -- this would not have been possible without your help! We're so glad to have support from all over the Fairbanks area, and beyond.

Another thanks to Frank Steffensen and his sister, Christina Dix, for reaching out to IALT to have their land conserved!
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustNov 12, 2020 @ 12:53am
Thanks a bunch to Metropolitan Garage for doing this! Always a huge help.
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustOct 17, 2020 @ 8:25pm
It is property monitoring time! If you're interested in becoming a volunteer monitor, we are having a brief Zoom training this Sunday 10/18 at 4pm. Apologies for the short notice; freeze-up was very sudden this year. Follow the link to join:

Much of our conserved lands are too wet to monitor during summer months, so this is a great time to walk the wetlands and not have to wade through snow (we do this once a year for each parcel). Hope to see you there! If you can't make it but are still interested, just send us a message.
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustOct 16, 2020 @ 3:49pm
Ice on the Peat Ponds! A great skating spot this time of year. It’s still early, so do use some caution.
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Metropolitan Garage
The ice at the Peat Ponds is nice! Get your skates, your bike, your dog, and get OUT! Music by @alaskacellointensive, @InteriorAlaskaLandTrust, #peatponds, #thebog, #hockeymoms, @GoldstreamSports #Goldstreamvalleycommunity
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustOct 4, 2020 @ 6:42pm
New plaque at Peat Ponds, thanking ABR & Bob Ritchie for their help in stewarding this property.

Cripple Creek Restoration Project

The Interior Alaska Land Trust, in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, studied the restoration feasibility of Cripple Creek in the lower Chena River watershed for almost a decade. Careful analysis determined that the restoration of Cripple Creek and improvements to its fish passages will improve overall juvenile Chinook Salmon rearing habitat within the Chena River Watershed. After years of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, restoring Cripple Creek fortuitously became possible and began in the spring of 2017. As of September 2020, the final culvert has been installed and the creek channel link-up will conclude before winter sets in! More to come soon.

Thanks to Our Partners, Sponsors & Members!