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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 Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Knobloch Family Foundation, the Graham Foundation and The USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry.
Number of Conservation Easements: 95,449
Total Acres: 18,072,888
Last Update: Tue. Mar. 26, 2013
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.
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.
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.
The NCED Easement data is available for download. 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 Easement data can downloaded from the NCED Data Download page.
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.
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. In this first phase, we’re interested in obtaining digital spatial data only; if your data is not digitized yet, we’ll make a note and check back with you in the future.