National Conservation Easement Database

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 3, 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…Currently, no single, nationwide system exists for sharing and managing information about conservation easements, making it difficult to have a good understanding of our conservation footprint. This effort 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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