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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 – 277
  • 278 – 554
  • 555 – 831
  • 832 – 1108
  • 1109 – 1386
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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: 3309

Easement Holder Count Acres
Federal 390 30,100
Jointly Held 1 283
Local Government 818 15,672
Non-Governmental Organization 1,024 44,569
State 1,003 223,543
Unknown Easement Holder 73 1,043

Easements by Landowner Type


Total Easements: 3309

Landowner Type Count Acres
Local Government 289 4,367
Non-Governmental Organization 21 1,174
Private 2,338 120,927
State 8 6,961
Unknown Landowner 653 181,780

Easements by Purpose


Total Easements: 3309

Purpose Count Acres
Environmental System 904 181,413
Historic Preservation 2 72
Open Space - Farm 567 14,403
Open Space - Forest 82 41,789
Open Space - Other 16 291
Open Space - Ranch 3 1,032
Recreation or Education 113 542
Unknown 1,622 75,666

Easements by Public Access


Total Easements: 3309

Public Access Count Acres
Closed 178 7,747
Open Access 61 4,270
Restricted Access 14 32,220
Unknown 3,056 270,972

Easements by Acquisition Date


Total Easements: 1321
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Acquisition Year Count Acres
2012 1 283
2011 17 1,755
2010 46 7,530
2009 91 15,823
2008 186 77,667
2007 64 3,097
2006 84 9,214
2005 57 2,191
2004 245 92,662
2003 113 17,876
2002 58 4,846
2001 111 4,959
2000 35 1,783
1999 35 4,545
1998 28 2,773
1997 54 3,042
1996 30 1,240
1995 19 1,274
1993 10 170
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 1,988 62,191

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
Bureau of Land Management 2 151
Capitol Land Trust 2 180
City of Anacortes 1 1
City of Tacoma 1 1
Columbia Land Trust 1 20
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy 1 46
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (Wetlands America Trust) 12 1,293
Forterra 84 8,272
Fox Island Community and Recreation Association 1 5
Frank Family Foundation 2 635
Friends of Lakewold 1 10
Friends of the Hylebos 6 94
Great Peninsula Conservancy 4 51
Green River Gorge Trust 2 2
King County 602 12,815
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks 615 142,834
King County Farmland Preservation Program 13 601
Kittitas Conservation Trust 1 3
Methow Conservancy 55 4,728
Natural Resources Conservation Service 169 26,450
Nisqually Land Trust 26 597
Pierce County 4 164
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
State 1 6,877
State of Washington 16 26,636
The Nature Conservancy 1 103
United States Federal Government 2 566
United States Fish and Wildlife Service 209 2,394
United States Forest Service 8 539
Unknown 72 1,038
Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust 11 49
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 59 15,613
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
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