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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
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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: 1344

Easement Holder Count Acres
Federal 423 20,979
Jointly Held 52 6,304
Local Government 106 8,611
Non-Governmental Organization 733 68,282
Regional Agency 25 3,948
State 4 491
Unknown Easement Holder 1 2

Easements by Landowner Type


Total Easements: 1344

Landowner Type Count Acres
Federal 2 0
Jointly Owned 1 105
Local Government 129 7,111
Non-Governmental Organization 31 2,371
Private 1,176 98,537
Unknown Landowner 5 493

Easements by Purpose


Total Easements: 1344

Purpose Count Acres
Environmental System 490 29,151
Historic Preservation 1 1
Open Space - Farm 386 62,373
Open Space - Forest 4 495
Open Space - Other 32 1,032
Recreation or Education 28 1,515
Unknown 403 14,049

Easements by Public Access


Total Easements: 1344

Public Access Count Acres
Closed 1,201 101,994
Open Access 63 4,327
Restricted Access 55 1,529
Unknown 25 765

Easements by Acquisition Date


Total Easements: 1199
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Acquisition Year Count Acres
2013 12 908
2012 52 6,027
2011 89 12,339
2010 63 6,383
2009 99 8,771
2008 33 2,284
2007 108 15,652
2006 88 8,177
2005 81 7,624
2004 71 7,374
2003 92 7,919
2002 51 2,662
2001 66 2,469
2000 50 2,548
1999 71 4,395
1998 47 3,037
1997 46 1,982
1996 56 2,816
1995 2 20
1994 6 79
1993 6 78
1992 1 37
1990 1 4
1989 4 52
1987 1 14
1984 1 76
1980 1 54
1974 1 28
0 145 4,808

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

Easement Holder Count Acres
Appalachia Ohio Alliance 7 516
Ashland County Commissioners 2 130
Athens Conservancy 4 565
Black Swamp Conservancy 79 10,473
Champaign Land Preservation 1 314
City of Cleveland-Park and Rec 1 7
Clay Township 2 395
Cleveland MetroParks 16 251
Cleveland Museum of Natural History 40 770
Columbus Metropolitan Park Board 2 191
Coshocton County Soil and Water Conservation District 1 161
Defiance County Soil and Water Conservation District 1 277
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (Wetlands America Trust) 3 290
Elizabeth Township Board of Trustees 4 861
Fairfield County Commissioners 10 2,060
Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District 4 314
Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District 2 101
Friends of Lower Muskingum River 3 590
Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District 1 140
Geauga County Commissioners 2 185
Hiram Township 1 107
Hocking Soil & Water Conservation District 1 128
Holmes County Commissioners 1 167
Killbuck Watershed Land Trust 10 1,666
Lake Metroparks 20 564
Land Conservancy of Hamilton County 13 359
Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District 5 957
Licking Land Trust 1 129
Liverpool Township Trustees 4 31
Logan County Land Trust 5 1,338
Madison County Commissioners 3 558
Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District 1 371
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 Soil and Water Conservation District 1 146
Ohio Department of Agriculture 1 77
Ohio Department of Natural Resources 3 57
Perry Township 1 81
Philander Chase Corporation 11 1,692
Pike County 2 681
Portage County Commissioners 12 1,074
State of Ohio 1 434
Tecumseh Land Trust 29 8,769
The Holden Arboretum 11 511
The Nature Conservancy 9 567
Three Valley Conservation Trust 108 14,506
Unknown 1 2
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 5 39
U.S. National Park Service 108 1,379
U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service 310 19,561
Wayne County Commissioners 7 824
West Central Ohio Land Conservancy 2 72
West Creek Preservation Committee 19 321
Western Reserve Land Conservancy 428 31,603
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 190 8,344
Auglaize 14 491
Black-Rocky 85 4,311
Blanchard 7 694
Cedar-Portage 27 2,468
Chautauqua-Conneaut 8 469
Cuyahoga 194 6,166
Grand 108 7,374
Hocking 20 2,205
Huron-Vermilion 39 4,159
Lake Erie 8 132
Licking 11 1,380
Little Miami 32 8,258
Little Muskingum-Middle Island 1 347
Little Scioto-Tygarts 1 70
Lower Great Miami 112 13,370
Lower Maumee 40 4,414
Lower Scioto 21 3,168
Mahoning 46 3,035
Middle Ohio-Laughery 3 35
Mohican 17 2,038
Muskingum 3 488
Ohio Brush-Whiteoak 6 417
Ottawa-Stony 1 17
Paint 6 1,083
Raccoon-Symmes 1 105
Raisin 1 46
Sandusky 38 5,092
Shenango 61 7,522
St. Joseph 9 860
St. Marys 4 226
Tiffin 45 3,358
Tuscarawas 31 1,555
Upper Great Miami 43 5,553
Upper Maumee 7 621
Upper Ohio 10 388
Upper Ohio-Shade 1 215
Upper Ohio-Wheeling 3 41
Upper Scioto 66 5,643
Upper Wabash 2 27
Walhonding 19 2,290
Whitewater 3 141

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

Bird Conservation Region Count Acres
Appalachian Mountains 44 5,056
Central Hardwoods 17 504
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie 493 57,865
Lower Great Lakes/ St. Lawrence Plain 779 45,028
Prairie Hardwood Transition 1 5
10 159

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

Ecoregion Count Acres
Eastern Corn Belt Plains 338 43,158
Eastern Great Lakes and Hudson Lowlands 42 2,529
Erie Drift Plain 739 42,526
Huron/Erie Lake Plains 164 14,842
Interior Plateau 16 500
Southern Michigan/Northern Indiana Drift Plains 1 5
Western Allegheny Plateau 44 5,056
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