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The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is an initiative of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. Additional financial support has been provided by the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; the Knobloch Family Foundation; the Graham Foundation; the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Landscape Conservation Cooperative; and the U.S. Geological Survey. The NCED team also collaborates with the USGS National Gap Analysis Program (GAP) Protected Areas Database – United States (PAD-US) on data acquisition and standards.

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NCED At A Glance

Number of Conservation Easements: 130,758
Total Acres: 24,717,062
Last Update: October 2016

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What is the NCED?

The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is the first national database of conservation easement information, compiling records from land trusts and public agencies throughout the United States. Voluntary and secure, the NCED respects landowner privacy and will not collect landowner names or sensitive information. This public-private partnership brings together national conservation groups, local and regional land trusts, and state and federal agencies around a common objective. The NCED provides a comprehensive picture of the estimated 40 million acres of conservation easement lands, recognizing their contribution to America’s natural heritage, a vibrant economy, and healthy communities.


In collaboration with land trusts and public agencies, create a single, up-to-date, sustainable nationwide system for managing and accessing data about conservation easements.

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NCED Partners

The Trust for Public Land, Conservation Almanac:
The Conservation Almanac is a powerful online resource for discovering, analyzing, and mapping the results of federal, state, and local funding for land conservation.

Ducks Unlimited, Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL):
CARL is a GIS layer that contains information on conservation and recreation lands in the Great Lakes.

Defenders of Wildlife, The Conservation Registry:
The Registry tracks and maps conservation and restoration projects across the landscape, allowing users to view easements in relation to these other efforts.

NatureServe, LandScope America:
LandScope brings together maps, data, photos, and stories about America’s natural places and open spaces to inform and inspire conservation of our lands and waters.

Conservation Biology Institute, Protected Areas Center on Data Basin:
The Data Basin Protected Areas Center is a place where the world can come together to explore the global significance of protected areas.

USGS National Gap Analysis Program (GAP):
The NCED team is working with the USGS National Gap Analysis Program’s Protected Areas Database - United States on data acquisition and data standards. The NCED data is being incorporated into the PAD-US database on an annual basis.

Download NCED Data

The NCED database was last updated in October 2016. The Updates Table shows what has been added and changed since June 2014. The Completeness Maps provide estimates of how complete the NCED data are for each state.

Please note that, by downloading or viewing this data, no right has been created to access lands with conservation easements. Most conservation easements are not open to the public. Entering an area that is not open to the public subjects an individual to possible sanctions for trespass, as determined by the state in which the easement is located.

The NCED can downloaded from the NCED Data Download page.
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Easement Holder or Landowner?

If you are an easement holder or landowner, please help us continue to build NCED by submitting your data or digitizing your easements.

NCED is a vital informational resource

Before the NCED was created no single, nationwide system existed for sharing and managing information about conservation easements. By building the first national database and web site to access this information, the NCED helps agencies, land trusts, and other organizations plan more strategically, identify opportunities for collaboration, advance public accountability, and raise the profile of what's happening on-the-ground in the name of conservation.
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How can I participate?

A knowledgeable representative from our project team will contact you to discuss your interest in participating, what easement data you have, and how it can be formatted for the database.
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We are asking users of the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) to share their opinions so we may better understand and respond to the needs of our diverse user base.

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