Greenbelt Land Trust of mid-Missouri began in 1993 as the Greenbelt Coalition, an advocacy group supporting conservation ideals and the vision of creating a network of “greenbelt” lands in and around Columbia, Missouri. Working in partnership with the city of Columbia, Greenbelt laid the groundwork for the public trail in the Hinkson Creek valley. In 1997 the Greenbelt Coalition accepted its first donation of private land, and concept of a land trust emerged. The year 2004 completed the transition and Greenbelt Land Trust of mid-Missouri was officially formed.