Louisville and Jefferson County Environmental Trust

The Louisville and Jefferson County Environmental Trust protects land for future generations through voluntary cooperative programs.

Created in 1997, the Trust helps to implement Cornerstone 2020’s goals related to parks and natural areas, greenways, historic sites and farmland. The Trust’s nine-member Oversight Board consists of five citizens and four members who represent government agencies responsible for public land. The Trust’s staff is housed at Metro Parks. In a unique cooperative arrangement, technical expertise and staff support are also provided by staff in Metro Planning and Design, Facilities Management, Metropolitan Sewer District and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

The Louisville and Jefferson County Environmental Trust weaves together strategies for meeting the park and land preservation needs of current and future Louisville residents.
The Trust:

  • Promotes stewardship of natural and cultural resources, both public and private, within Louisville and Jefferson County
  • Explores the use of voluntary methods of private land preservation such as donation and purchase of conservation easements and land
  • Coordinates with all Louisville Metro agencies that manage natural areas on public land
  • Advises the Metro Council on matters of land conservation
  • Educates the community about the need to preserve natural areas and increasingly rare agricultural land 
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Contact Louisville and Jefferson County Environmental Trust

Lisa Hite
Director, Metro Planning and Design Services
P.O. Box 37280
Louisville, Kentucky  40233-7280
Phone: (502) 456-8100
Fax: (502) 456-8116


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Jefferson County, Kentucky

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