NCED: National Conservation Easement Database

Providing comprehensive, standardized data on conservation easements across the United States

About This Project

Many NatureServe network organizations in the United States have been tracking data on conservation easements since the mid-1970s. In combination with our data on rare and imperiled species, the NatureServe network is able to indicate what and how many species and ecosystems, and what percentage of these species' habitats, have some level of protection under current conservation easements.

With support from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, NatureServe, its network organizations, and other nonprofit partners partnered to develop the first-ever nationwide dataset on conservation easement, known as the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED).

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Goal

To support the development of a comprehensive, standardized data on conservation easements in the United States.

NatureServe and many of its member organizations track conservation easement data as part of a larger effort to understand the range and extent of the nation's protected areas.

Significance

In combination with our data on rare and imperiled species, the NatureServe network is able to indicate how many species and ecosystems, and what percentage of these species' habitats, have some level of protection under current conservation easements.