In This Issue
Website Enhancements
The Add an Easement portal is now more user friendly. We hope you like this enhanced feature!
NCED Partners
(Founding Partner)
November 2015

Corrections and revisions to the National Conservation Easement Database for 2015 were just released are now available for download. Read below for details about the additions and edits that were made in the past year.

Visit the website to search, review, and download the latest updates to the database. 


As always, please stay in touch to let us know how you are using NCED in your work. 



The NCED Team


Updates to NCED
Corrections from June 2015 Release

Since September 2014, a total of 388,298 acres in 3,023 easement records were added to NCED. Below is a summary of additions and modifications made. This includes modifications due to corrections submitted since the June 2015 release.

Number of Easements
Modified Attributes only27,925
Modified Geometry only9,735
Modified Attributes and Geometry41

The NCED now contains 113,038 records. You may note that this total is 1,500 records fewer than last year -- this is due to resolution of overlaps and changes in how easements were reported by certain providers.

Please submit new easements, updates, and modifications to us at any time. These will be included in the next release of NCED in June 2016.

Submit publicly held easements to The Trust for Public Land and privately held easements to Ducks Unlimited.
Survey of Public Agency Easement Holders Coming in Early 2016

In our continuing effort to understand the size and scope of conservation easements in America and the completeness of NCED, our team will conduct an email survey in early 2016 of local, state, and federal public agencies who hold conservation easements. The survey will request information about traditional conservation easements and will also explore previously underrepresented categories of easements, such as those created for mitigation purposes. Stay tuned for more information.
Land and Water Conservation Fund Update

The Land and Water Conservation Fund expired at midnight on October 1. Established in 1965, the program has been one of our nation's most successful investments in land, water, and wildlife, funding over 40,000 projects nationwide. Read more here.

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; theU.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.