The Lawlor Hay Fields

Our latest sustainable agriculture & conservation easement


The Interior Alaska Land Trust is very pleased to announce the completion of a sustainable agriculture and conservation easement on the Lawlor Hay Fields. This 79-acre property is owned by the Mayo Family Trust and farmed by its current stewards, Happy Gap Farm. About 7 acres of the property are woods and over 70 acres are cleared fields used for hay production and pasture. The fields contain Brome grass and a variety of wild grasses enjoyed by migratory birds, moose, fox, lynx, hare, and human visitors year-round. Popular walking, skiing, and running section-line trails offer wonderful scenic overlooks and wildlife viewing opportunities. Well-used and well-loved, neighbors are celebrating the protection of a favorite neighborhood green space.

“What I love about this field is the openness – I enjoy it all seasons. I love hearing the grass in the wind, the stillness of the snow. My favorite are the cranes – coming and going.” – anonymous neighbor

“Every single time I step out here, I feel like I’m transformed into a magical space of quiet and peace.” – Cyndie, neighbor

“Thank you for sharing your beautiful place in Alaska with everyone, Gail.” – Kitty, neighbor

ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re Accredited!


We’re very pleased to announce that the Interior Alaska Land Trust (IALT) has achieved national recognition – joining a network of 398 accredited land trusts across the nation! The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded us accreditation, signifying its confidence that lands we conserve will be protected forever.

We had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. The Board extends a big thank you to all our volunteers, community partners, and members for their ongoing support! 

“It is exciting to recognize IALT with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes IALT has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

Read more about our accreditation here!

Cripple Creek Restoration Project

You may notice some construction taking place along Chena Pump Road near Cripple Creek. What’s happening?  IALT has begun an exciting habitat and restoration project in this tributary of the Chena River Watershed.  READ MORE…

Peat Ponds Improvements Completed!

This summer, thanks to a generous grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, we built a new trail around the ponds, added some interpretive signs and a new bird watching platform. READ MORE…