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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: 1448

Easement Holder Count Acres
Federal 442 28,878
Jointly Held 59 6,703
Local Government 159 12,318
Non-Governmental Organization 747 67,915
Regional Agency 26 3,659
State 4 491
Unknown Easement Holder 11 1,555

Easements by Landowner Type


Total Easements: 1448

Landowner Type Count Acres
Federal 1 0
Jointly Owned 2 114
Local Government 135 7,290
Non-Governmental Organization 31 2,296
Private 1,232 109,097
Unknown Landowner 47 2,722

Easements by Purpose


Total Easements: 1448

Purpose Count Acres
Environmental System 619 38,319
Historic Preservation 4 13
Open Space - Farm 406 65,108
Open Space - Forest 5 569
Open Space - Other 32 1,032
Recreation or Education 61 3,411
Unknown 321 13,067

Easements by Public Access


Total Easements: 1448

Public Access Count Acres
Closed 1,235 112,060
Open Access 96 6,224
Restricted Access 62 1,579
Unknown 55 1,656

Easements by Acquisition Date


Total Easements: 1370
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Acquisition Year Count Acres
2014 5 231
2013 38 1,763
2012 101 10,312
2011 110 14,463
2010 71 6,689
2009 115 10,593
2008 40 3,054
2007 116 16,137
2006 88 8,177
2005 85 7,664
2004 76 7,383
2003 93 7,928
2002 54 2,711
2001 69 2,868
2000 52 3,909
1999 73 4,497
1998 49 3,085
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 7 516
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, Inc. 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 County Commissioners 10 2,060
Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District 4 314
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
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 1 129
Liverpool Township Trustees 4 31
Logan County Land Trust 4 1,103
Madison County Commissioners 3 356
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 Agriculture 1 77
Ohio Department of Natural Resources 3 57
Perry Township 1 81
Philander Chase Corporation 11 1,704
Pike County 2 681
Portage County Commissioners 12 1,074
State of Ohio 1 434
Tecumseh Land Trust 29 8,815
The Holden Arboretum 11 511
The Nature Conservancy 9 567
Three Valley Conservation Trust 109 14,670
Unknown Easement Holder 11 1,555
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 6 40
U.S. National Park Service 21 1,406
U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service 415 27,433
Wayne County Commissioners 7 823
West Central Ohio Land Conservancy 2 72
West Creek Preservation Committee 19 321
Western Reserve Land Conservancy 428 31,458
Western Wildlife Corridor 3 39
Williams County SWCD 1 50

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

Watershed (HUC4) Count Acres
Ashtabula-Chagrin 209 8,658
Auglaize 16 567
Black-Rocky 85 4,230
Blanchard 11 773
Cedar-Portage 32 3,160
Chautauqua-Conneaut 8 469
Cuyahoga 106 6,182
Grand 115 7,491
Hocking 24 2,379
Huron-Vermilion 39 4,160
Lake Erie 7 132
Licking 11 1,380
Little Miami 61 9,700
Little Muskingum-Middle Island 1 347
Little Scioto-Tygarts 1 70
Lower Great Miami 131 15,575
Lower Maumee 42 4,420
Lower Scioto 26 3,211
Mahoning 48 3,101
Middle Ohio-Laughery 14 128
Mohican 21 2,271
Muskingum 5 609
Ohio Brush-Whiteoak 11 674
Ottawa-Stony 2 100
Paint 7 1,433
Raccoon-Symmes 1 105
Raisin 1 46
Sandusky 51 6,449
Shenango 61 7,522
St. Joseph 13 1,106
St. Marys 7 384
Tiffin 47 3,448
Tuscarawas 32 1,649
Upper Great Miami 68 7,765
Upper Maumee 7 621
Upper Ohio 10 388
Upper Ohio-Shade 1 215
Upper Ohio-Wheeling 3 41
Upper Scioto 82 7,662
Upper Wabash 2 27
Walhonding 24 2,644
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 54 5,911
Central Hardwoods 30 1,956
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie 626 67,454
Lower Great Lakes/ St. Lawrence Plain 727 45,984
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 449 50,792
Eastern Great Lakes and Hudson Lowlands 43 2,545
Erie Drift Plain 686 43,466
Huron/Erie Lake Plains 185 16,806
Interior Plateau 29 1,944
Southern Michigan/Northern Indiana Drift Plains 2 54
Western Allegheny Plateau 54 5,911
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