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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 – 295
  • 296 – 590
  • 591 – 885
  • 886 – 1180
  • 1181 – 1476
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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: 3527

Easement Holder Count Acres
Federal 396 35,126
Jointly Held 4 432
Local Government 941 23,293
Non-Governmental Organization 1,101 47,881
Private 3 531
Regional Agency 22 3,895
State 987 222,333
Unknown Easement Holder 73 1,090

Easements by Landowner Type


Total Easements: 3527

Landowner Type Count Acres
Local Government 319 9,442
Native American 3 27
Non-Governmental Organization 43 3,904
Private 2,492 129,064
State 10 7,189
Unknown Landowner 660 184,956

Easements by Purpose


Total Easements: 3527

Purpose Count Acres
Environmental System 1,157 200,685
Historic Preservation 2 72
Open Space - Farm 616 18,877
Open Space - Forest 81 41,634
Open Space - Other 21 473
Open Space - Ranch 3 1,032
Recreation or Education 119 933
Unknown 1,528 70,876

Easements by Public Access


Total Easements: 3527

Public Access Count Acres
Closed 508 46,451
Open Access 71 6,315
Restricted Access 32 35,157
Unknown 2,916 246,658

Easements by Acquisition Date


Total Easements: 1587
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Acquisition Year Count Acres
2015 3 146
2014 5 503
2013 13 1,493
2012 27 4,184
2011 52 4,493
2010 65 9,127
2009 131 18,117
2008 196 78,350
2007 71 3,649
2006 94 9,617
2005 63 2,488
2004 256 94,540
2003 138 18,550
2002 65 5,107
2001 125 5,575
2000 38 1,837
1999 44 4,774
1998 33 3,041
1997 56 3,333
1996 33 1,964
1995 20 1,316
1994 3 165
1993 11 192
1992 9 219
1991 4 21
1990 6 693
1989 3 516
1988 1 621
1987 1 23
1982 1 1
1977 1 0
1975 18 2
1973 1 0
1938 1 3
0 1,939 59,922

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

Easement Holder Count Acres
Archaeological Conservancy 1 2
Bainbridge Island Land Trust 41 695
Blue Mountain Land Trust 11 869
Capitol Land Trust 32 2,500
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust 2 51
City of Anacortes 1 1
City of Bothell 1 46
City of Redmond 2 19
City of Tacoma 1 1
Clallam County 1 25
Columbia Land Trust 3 582
County of Thurston 1 473
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy 1 46
Ducks Unlimited (Wetlands America Trust) 12 1,272
Farmland Preservation Program - King County, WA 1 27
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
Inland Empire Action Coalition 5 451
Island County, WA 1 63
Jefferson County, WA 3 260
Jefferson Land Trust 1 1
King County 695 17,277
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks 600 142,011
King County Farmland Preservation Program 14 656
Kittitas Conservation Trust 1 3
Methow Conservancy 57 4,796
Nisqually Land Trust 27 614
North Olympic Land Trust 75 2,579
Okanogan County, WA 2 1,329
Palouse Land Trust 2 119
Pierce County 17 282
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 1 20
San Juan County 122 1,958
San Juan County Land Bank 1 98
San Juan Preservation Trust 413 12,525
Seattle Audubon Society 1 1
Seattle Parks and Recreation 73 68
Sequim, WA 1 47
Skagit County 2 64
Skagit County, WA 4 426
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 Easement Holder 72 1,085
U.S. Bureau of Land Management 2 151
U.S. Federal Government 1 410
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 200 4,445
U.S. Forest Service 11 2,856
U.S. National Park Service 3 182
U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service 179 27,082
Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust 15 66
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 67 18,599
Washington State Department of Natural Resources 311 31,595
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission 3 254
Whatcom County 1 29
Whatcom Land Trust 183 8,906
Whidbey Camano Land Trust 1 32

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 17 1,421
Deschutes 5 270
Dungeness-Elwha 82 3,247
Duwamish 381 67,929
Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake 12 1,457
Fraser 3 120
Grays Harbor 11 266
Hangman 1 402
Hoh-Quillayute 31 1,128
Hood Canal 43 2,770
Kettle 8 47
Klickitat 4 1,314
Lake Chelan 1 4
Lake Washington 211 4,724
Lewis 9 7,196
Little Spokane 12 400
Lower Chehalis 32 1,309
Lower Columbia 5 1,048
Lower Columbia-Clatskanie 10 58
Lower Columbia-Sandy 22 1,623
Lower Cowlitz 38 2,546
Lower Crab 3 17
Lower Grande Ronde 3 2
Lower Skagit 95 2,345
Lower Snake-Asotin 2 105
Lower Snake-Tucannon 10 35
Lower Spokane 10 1,339
Lower Yakima, Washington 15 2,143
Methow 110 9,198
Middle Columbia-Hood 27 407
Moses Coulee 1 2,157
Naches 3 224
Nisqually 42 1,150
Nooksack 138 7,712
Okanogan 23 4,565
Palouse 13 1,373
Pend Oreille 12 826
Pend Oreille Lake 2 12
Priest 2 14
Puget Sound 225 6,156
Puyallup 142 17,984
Queets-Quinault 11 183
Rock 5 338
San Juan Islands 526 13,981
Sanpoil 2 33
Sauk 3 501
Similkameen 10 1,972
Skokomish 5 182
Skykomish 24 20,870
Snohomish 25 1,823
Snoqualmie 679 104,968
Stillaguamish 18 1,021
Strait of Georgia 157 4,657
Upper Chehalis 66 3,872
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 22 1,358
Wenatchee 26 298
Willapa Bay 25 3,539

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

Bird Conservation Region Count Acres
Great Basin 627 122,622
Northern Pacific Rainforest 2,666 202,600
Northern Rockies 105 7,585
129 1,774

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

Ecoregion Count Acres
Blue Mountains 5 125
Cascades 230 96,018
Coastal Range 172 10,571
Coast Range 1 11
Columbia Plateau 184 28,768
Eastern Cascades Slopes and Foothills 31 1,914
North Cascades 426 95,328
Northern Rockies 94 7,541
Puget Lowland 2,367 93,154
Willamette Valley 17 1,151
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