In This Issue
New Land Trusts To Be Added to NCED
NCED at Rally 2014

The NCED booth at the Land Trust Alliance Rally, held in Providence, RI in September was a big success. We were excited to hear from many of you regarding ways you've found NCED useful in your work. In addition to hearing great feedback on the database, we also gained contact information for over twenty land trusts that would either like to update information or provide their data for the first time. The resounding support for this resource from across the country is clear and we are energized to keep it going!

Conservation Registry Leadership Transition
NatureServe Takes Lead


Since its inception, NCED has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Defenders of Wildlife, developers of The Conservation Registry, which is an online tool that tracks and maps on-the-ground wildlife and conservation projects. In addition, this website houses NCED through an online portal.


Defenders of Wildlife recently entered an agreement with NatureServe, a longtime partner of the Registry, that will allow this resource to continue to grow under NatureServe's online mapping tool, LandScope America. NatureServe began operating the Conservation Registry on September 30, 2014. Integration of the Registry into LandScope will not happen immediately, however. NatureServe's team will work to integrate the Registry into LandScope, while keeping the NCED portal and others the same. For inquiries to NatureServe, regarding LandScope, please contact the LandScope team here.

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October 2014

We have just released revisions to the database that are available for download. Read below for details on the types of edits that were made and also to learn more about our plans for 2015.   


Please stay in touch regarding ways you've found NCED to be helpful in your work. 


The NCED Team

NCED Revisions 

Corrections from June 2014 Release


Following the data publish from this past June we worked to resolve corrections that were sent to us. An updated version is now available for download. While 73 new easements were added, the majority of the work since June was to modify data within attribute fields (see table). 


Once you review this update, please notify us if you see anything that is incorrect. Any new information received between now and April 2015 will be included in our next scheduled publish, which will occur in June 2015.  

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"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." -Wyatt Earp

NCED in 2015

Select State Priorities

For the remainder of this year and through April 2015, The Trust for Public Land and Ducks Unlimited will focus our data collection efforts on a selection of states where we know significant gaps in easement information exist. The chart below highlights those states where we will be seeking easement information as well as a variety of other tasks we anticipate accomplishing over the next year. We will be reaching out to data providers in these states soon and look forward to continuing to growing our data set!




While collection of easements in the above states is a priority to the NCED Steering Committee, we will continue to incorporate updates or new easement information in other states that are sent to us directly. If you would like information to be included in our June 2015 release, please send all information to us by April.

Data Informing Outreach Efforts

The Trust for Public Land uses NCED to Refine Outreach Efforts in Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.


The Trust for Public Land is using the NCED to understand the role conservation easements play in the conservation landscape of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. This iconic region is a mosaic of fertile agricultural grounds interspersed with riverine wetlands and marginal agricultural lands prone to seasonal flooding. The organization is using the NCED, along with data on public land ownership, to refine outreach efforts to private landowners who have lands near already conserved lands and that are eligible for Farm Bill conservation programs.

The National Conservation Easement Database |

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; and theU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 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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