A message from NALT President Steven Carter on the passing of NALT’s founder, Andrew L. Johnson:

We at NALT are saddened to tell you that our founder, mentor and dear friend Andy Johnson died on Saturday June 19, 2021 following a brief illness.

As many of you know, Andy established the North American Land Trust in 1992 bringing with him the passionate belief in permanent conservation of natural habitat and historic, scenic, forested and agricultural open spaces. He did this with boundless energy and an uncommon commitment to understanding and meeting the needs, aspirations and goals of landowners.

Andy’s vision and energy has led to NALT’s permanent protection of more than 136,000 acres of land through over 550 projects across the United States. Andy was nationally recognized for his innovative approach to conserving large open spaces, especially in high-value areas facing rapid development pressure and resulting loss of habitat and open space.

NALT’s Board of Directors and staff members join the Johnson family in mourning the passing of this great man and conservationist.

Andy will be remembered as someone who dedicated his life to protecting our natural resources and the stewardship of our natural and cultural heritage. He deeply touched the lives of those who knew him and many generations of Americans will benefit from his work and vision.

The Johnson family will hold a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the North American Land Trust, PO Box 467, Chadds Ford, PA, 19317.

If you would like to share your memories of Andy with NALT and his family and how his work influenced you, please feel free to send it to [email protected].

Details on Andy Johnson’s career and accomplishments in conservation can be found in this news article that ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer.