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State of Ohio and All Easements

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Relative number of easements per county

(Derived using an Equal Interval classification scheme)

Number of easements

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  • 28 – 54
  • 55 – 81
  • 82 – 108
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Note: The data refers to the primary county of each easement based on the area of its sites.

Easements by Easement Holder Type


Total Easements: 1526

Easement Holder Count Acres
Federal 446 31,563
Jointly Held 92 11,666
Local Government 163 12,835
Non-Governmental Organization 770 71,689
Regional Agency 30 4,820
State 4 491
Unknown Easement Holder 21 2,419

Easements by Landowner Type


Total Easements: 1526

Landowner Type Count Acres
Federal 1 0
Jointly Owned 3 228
Local Government 129 7,449
Non-Governmental Organization 39 3,031
Private 1,275 115,997
Regional Agency 1 83
Unknown Landowner 78 8,695

Easements by Purpose


Total Easements: 1526

Purpose Count Acres
Environmental System 607 38,094
Historic Preservation 24 2,338
Open Space - Farm 467 75,426
Open Space - Forest 5 569
Open Space - Other 35 1,179
Open Space - Ranch 3 221
Recreation or Education 65 4,614
Unknown 320 13,042

Easements by Public Access


Total Easements: 1526

Public Access Count Acres
Closed 1,296 119,093
Open Access 101 7,576
Restricted Access 54 1,406
Unknown 75 7,407

Easements by Acquisition Date

This graph may not represent the total acreages for all conservation easements in the region due to missing data.


Total Easements: 1448
Show Table of Data
Acquisition Year Count Acres
2015 4 397
2014 19 2,349
2013 59 5,022
2012 117 12,158
2011 120 15,346
2010 72 7,595
2009 115 12,456
2008 43 3,515
2007 121 17,386
2006 89 8,207
2005 86 7,687
2004 79 7,916
2003 92 8,311
2002 54 2,711
2001 69 2,868
2000 52 3,909
1999 73 4,497
1998 49 3,099
1997 48 2,057
1996 58 2,772
1995 4 33
1994 7 417
1993 7 115
1992 1 37
1991 1 22
1990 1 4
1989 4 52
1987 1 14
1984 1 76
1980 1 54
1974 1 28
1905 1 15
0 77 4,357

Easements by Easement Holder Name (only data available or provided in spatial form)

Easement Holder Count Acres
Appalachia Ohio Alliance 5 514
Ashland County Commissioners 2 130
Athens Conservancy 4 565
Black Swamp Conservancy 84 11,482
Champaign Land Preservation 1 321
City of Cleveland-Park and Recreation 1 7
Clay Township 2 395
Cleveland MetroParks 16 251
Cleveland Museum of Natural History 40 770
Clinton County Open Lands 16 577
Columbus Metropolitan Park Board 2 191
Coshocton County Soil and Water Conservation District 1 161
Defiance County SWCD 1 278
Ducks Unlimited (Wetlands America Trust) 3 290
Elizabeth Township Board of Trustees 4 703
Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District 22 3,402
Five Rivers MetroParks 11 730
Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District 2 101
Friends of Lower Muskingum River 3 590
Fulton County SWCD 1 140
Gates Mills Land Conservancy 18 297
Geauga County Commissioners 2 185
Hamilton County Park District 22 1,166
Hiram Township 1 107
Hocking Soil & Water Conservation District 1 128
Holden Arboretum 11 511
Holmes County Commissioners 1 167
Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust 3 198
Killbuck Watershed Land Trust 10 1,653
Lake Metroparks 20 564
Land Conservancy of Hamilton County 13 359
Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District 5 957
Licking Land Trust 1 75
Liverpool Township Trustees 4 31
Logan County Land Trust 4 1,103
Madison County Commissioners 2 273
Madison County SWCD 1 368
Marion County Commissioners 2 336
Massie Township Board of Trustees 1 428
Medina County Park District 17 297
Medina/Summit Land Conservancy 1 105
Montgomery SWCD 1 146
Ohio Department of Natural Resources 3 57
Perry Township 1 81
Philander Chase Conservancy (PCC) 37 4,475
Philander Chase Corporation 1 139
Pike County 2 681
Portage County Commissioners 12 1,074
State of Ohio 1 434
Tecumseh Land Trust 28 7,874
The Nature Conservancy 10 660
Three Valley Conservation Trust 107 13,784
Unknown Easement Holder 63 11,032
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 6 40
U.S. National Park Service 21 1,406
U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service 419 30,117
Wayne County Commissioners 7 823
West Central Ohio Land Conservancy 11 702
West Creek Preservation Committee 7 136
Western Reserve Land Conservancy 424 30,830
Western Wildlife Corridor 3 39
Williams County Soil and Water Conservation District 1 50

Easements by Watershed (HUC4) (only data available or provided in spatial form)

Watershed (HUC4) Count Acres
Ashtabula-Chagrin 209 8,658
Auglaize 21 843
Black-Rocky 86 4,443
Blanchard 13 888
Cedar-Portage 33 3,488
Chautauqua-Conneaut 8 469
Cuyahoga 98 6,206
Grand 115 7,491
Hocking 26 2,904
Huron-Vermilion 39 4,160
Lake Erie 7 132
Licking 10 1,506
Little Miami 70 12,547
Little Muskingum-Middle Island 1 347
Little Scioto-Tygarts 1 70
Lower Great Miami 136 16,075
Lower Maumee 44 4,620
Lower Scioto 30 4,906
Mahoning 49 3,173
Middle Ohio-Laughery 14 128
Mohican 23 2,528
Muskingum 10 1,303
Ohio Brush-Whiteoak 11 687
Ottawa-Stony 2 100
Paint 7 1,433
Raccoon-Symmes 1 105
Raisin 1 46
Sandusky 57 7,073
Shenango 61 7,716
St. Joseph 13 1,106
St. Marys 8 546
Tiffin 48 3,688
Tuscarawas 33 1,845
Upper Great Miami 71 8,839
Upper Maumee 7 621
Upper Ohio 10 388
Upper Ohio-Shade 1 215
Upper Ohio-Wheeling 3 41
Upper Scioto 90 8,230
Upper Wabash 2 27
Walhonding 52 5,664
Whitewater 3 141
Wills 2 91

Easements by Bird Conservation Region (only data available or provided in spatial form)

Bird Conservation Region Count Acres
Appalachian Mountains 57 6,849
Central Hardwoods 30 1,970
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie 673 76,192
Lower Great Lakes/ St. Lawrence Plain 755 50,259
Prairie Hardwood Transition 2 54
9 159

Easements by Ecoregion (only data available or provided in spatial form)

Ecoregion Count Acres
Eastern Corn Belt Plains 486 58,136
Eastern Great Lakes and Hudson Lowlands 42 2,518
Erie Drift Plain 715 47,768
Huron/Erie Lake Plains 195 18,199
Interior Plateau 29 1,958
Southern Michigan/Northern Indiana Drift Plains 2 54
Western Allegheny Plateau 57 6,849
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