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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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Key Benefits

Raise your profile.

  • Put your organization on the map! Join hundreds of other land trusts as well as local, state, and federal government agencies who report their activity in the National Conservation Easement Database.
  • Show that your lands are well-documented and that your process is transparent.
  • Demonstrate your impact on land conservation.
  • Maps and data from NCED can help recruit volunteers, raise money, and market services.

Control your information.

  • Organizations that share data with us control how their lands are displayed by NCED. Many organizations may be involved in a given acquisition, so other groups may report on one of your projects. Without your participation, information on your lands may not
    • Credit your organization, or
    • Stipulate proper privacy standards.

Plan and act more strategically.

Helps Make Case for Conservation.

  • Create statistics about land conservation in your state or program area.
  • Demonstrate the impact conservation easements have on conservation efforts in your region.
  • Use NCED as a Research Tool:
    • Researchers used NCED to help determine the pros and cons of protecting environmentally sensitive land, historically important land, and agricultural land with easements.
    • Economic Return on Investment Analyses: Researchers in Colorado found that $595 million investment in conservation easements returned $3.51 billion in public benefits. A return of $6 for every $1 invested.

Advance public accountability.