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State of Washington 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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  • 1 – 294
  • 295 – 588
  • 589 – 882
  • 883 – 1176
  • 1177 – 1471
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Easements by Easement Holder Type


Total Easements: 3518

Easement Holder Count Acres
Federal 399 30,713
Jointly Held 4 432
Local Government 936 20,771
Non-Governmental Organization 1,118 47,540
State 988 222,416
Unknown Easement Holder 73 1,090

Easements by Landowner Type


Total Easements: 3518

Landowner Type Count Acres
Local Government 301 4,503
Native American 3 27
Non-Governmental Organization 25 1,502
Private 2,543 129,355
State 8 6,922
Unknown Landowner 638 180,654

Easements by Purpose


Total Easements: 3518

Purpose Count Acres
Environmental System 1,075 187,924
Historic Preservation 2 72
Open Space - Farm 597 15,166
Open Space - Forest 82 41,790
Open Space - Other 22 529
Open Space - Ranch 3 1,032
Recreation or Education 116 603
Unknown 1,621 75,848

Easements by Public Access


Total Easements: 3518

Public Access Count Acres
Closed 432 37,521
Open Access 62 4,281
Restricted Access 30 32,743
Unknown 2,994 248,417

Easements by Acquisition Date


Total Easements: 1491
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Acquisition Year Count Acres
2014 1 56
2013 8 560
2012 17 679
2011 44 2,850
2010 60 8,321
2009 110 16,339
2008 192 78,032
2007 67 3,333
2006 91 9,567
2005 60 2,316
2004 252 94,366
2003 136 18,276
2002 65 5,015
2001 122 5,450
2000 37 1,807
1999 44 4,787
1998 32 2,994
1997 55 3,055
1996 30 1,234
1995 20 1,316
1993 11 192
1992 7 100
1991 3 9
1990 4 124
1989 1 32
1987 1 23
1982 1 1
1977 1 0
1975 18 2
1973 1 0
0 2,027 62,127

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

Easement Holder Count Acres
Archeological Conservancy 1 2
Bainbridge Island Land Trust 41 695
Capitol Land Trust 2 180
City of Anacortes 1 1
City of Bothell 1 46
City of Redmond 2 19
City of Tacoma 1 1
Columbia Land Trust 1 20
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy 1 46
Ducks Unlimited (Wetlands America Trust) 12 1,272
Forterra 95 8,661
Fox Island Community and Recreation Association 1 5
Frank Family Foundation 2 635
Friends of Lakewold 1 10
Friends of the Hylebos 10 130
Great Peninsula Conservancy 4 37
Green River Gorge Trust 2 2
King County 695 17,277
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks 599 141,686
King County Farmland Preservation Program 14 656
Kittitas Conservation Trust 1 3
Methow Conservancy 55 4,728
Nisqually Land Trust 26 597
North Olympic Land Trust 75 2,579
Pierce County 17 282
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 1 20
San Juan County 122 1,958
San Juan Preservation Trust 413 12,525
Seattle Audubon Society 1 1
Seattle Parks and Recreation 73 68
Skagit County 2 64
Skagit Land Trust 94 2,704
Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland 11 300
Snohomish County 8 400
State of Washington 17 33,513
Tapteal Greenway 1 10
The Nature Conservancy 1 22
The Trust for Public Land 2 205
Unknown 72 1,085
U.S. Bureau of Land Management 2 151
U.S. Federal Government 2 566
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 209 2,394
U.S. Forest Service 8 539
U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service 178 27,063
Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust 15 66
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 60 15,634
Washington State Department of Natural Resources 310 31,582
Washington State Parks 2 1
Western Rivers Conservancy 72 3,851
Whatcom Land Trust 182 8,672

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

Watershed (HUC4) Count Acres
Chief Joseph 3 250
Colville 37 3,561
Crescent-Hoko 16 1,419
Deschutes 2 196
Dungeness-Elwha 82 2,305
Duwamish 380 67,902
Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake 12 1,457
Fraser 2 92
Grays Harbor 11 266
Hangman 1 402
Hoh-Quillayute 102 4,805
Hood Canal 42 2,724
Kettle 8 47
Klickitat 2 752
Lake Washington 210 4,399
Lewis 9 7,196
Little Spokane 12 400
Lower Chehalis 29 1,154
Lower Columbia 5 1,048
Lower Columbia-Clatskanie 10 58
Lower Columbia-Sandy 16 191
Lower Cowlitz 37 689
Lower Crab 3 17
Lower Grande Ronde 3 2
Lower Skagit 91 1,910
Lower Snake-Asotin 2 105
Lower Snake-Tucannon 10 35
Lower Spokane 10 1,340
Lower Yakima, Washington 15 2,143
Methow 104 8,536
Middle Columbia-Hood 32 322
Moses Coulee 1 2,157
Naches 3 224
Nisqually 41 1,133
Nooksack 137 7,478
Okanogan 19 2,723
Palouse 11 1,254
Pend Oreille 12 827
Pend Oreille Lake 2 12
Priest 2 14
Puget Sound 203 4,471
Puyallup 142 17,984
Queets-Quinault 11 183
Rock 4 293
San Juan Islands 525 13,883
Sanpoil 2 33
Sauk 2 335
Similkameen 10 1,972
Skokomish 5 182
Skykomish 25 20,922
Snohomish 25 1,823
Snoqualmie 679 104,490
Stillaguamish 18 1,021
Strait of Georgia 156 4,663
Upper Chehalis 55 2,345
Upper Columbia-Entiat 5 6,626
Upper Columbia-Priest Rapids 2 747
Upper Cowlitz 4 132
Upper Crab 11 2,950
Upper Skagit 13 215
Upper Spokane 2 306
Upper Yakima 30 3,156
Walla Walla 6 39
Wenatchee 24 247
Willapa Bay 33 2,402

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

Bird Conservation Region Count Acres
Great Basin 595 118,435
Northern Pacific Rainforest 2,685 196,195
Northern Rockies 104 6,425
134 1,908

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

Ecoregion Count Acres
Blue Mountains 4 2
Cascades 226 93,026
Coastal Range 241 12,181
Coast Range 4 202
Columbia Plateau 161 26,336
Eastern Cascades Slopes and Foothills 33 1,036
North Cascades 416 94,574
Northern Rockies 93 6,381
Puget Lowland 2,326 88,780
Willamette Valley 14 444
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