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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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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: 3513

Easement Holder Count Acres
Federal 394 35,069
Jointly Held 3 149
Local Government 924 20,190
Non-Governmental Organization 1,119 47,823
Regional Agency 22 3,895
State 978 219,102
Unknown Easement Holder 73 1,090

Easements by Landowner Type


Total Easements: 3513

Landowner Type Count Acres
Local Government 301 4,503
Native American 3 27
Non-Governmental Organization 27 2,400
Private 2,524 128,898
State 8 6,922
Unknown Landowner 650 184,568

Easements by Purpose


Total Easements: 3513

Purpose Count Acres
Environmental System 1,091 193,477
Historic Preservation 2 72
Open Space - Farm 596 15,117
Open Space - Forest 81 41,634
Open Space - Other 21 473
Open Space - Ranch 3 1,032
Recreation or Education 117 607
Unknown 1,602 74,907

Easements by Public Access


Total Easements: 3513

Public Access Count Acres
Closed 445 40,011
Open Access 63 4,835
Restricted Access 32 35,157
Unknown 2,973 247,315

Easements by Acquisition Date


Total Easements: 1501
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Acquisition Year Count Acres
2014 1 56
2013 8 560
2012 17 679
2011 44 2,850
2010 61 8,487
2009 110 16,339
2008 191 77,983
2007 67 3,333
2006 92 9,636
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 4,774
1998 32 2,994
1997 55 3,284
1996 32 1,802
1995 20 1,316
1994 1 73
1993 11 192
1992 9 219
1991 4 21
1990 5 676
1989 2 392
1988 1 621
1987 1 23
1982 1 1
1977 1 0
1975 18 2
1973 1 0
1938 1 3
0 2,011 63,773

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 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 199 4,400
U.S. Forest Service 11 2,856
U.S. National Park Service 3 182
U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service 178 27,070
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 17 1,421
Deschutes 2 196
Dungeness-Elwha 80 3,175
Duwamish 380 67,902
Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake 12 1,457
Fraser 2 92
Grays Harbor 11 266
Hangman 1 402
Hoh-Quillayute 103 4,980
Hood Canal 42 2,724
Kettle 8 47
Klickitat 2 752
Lake Chelan 1 4
Lake Washington 210 4,399
Lewis 9 7,196
Little Spokane 12 400
Lower Chehalis 30 1,224
Lower Columbia 5 1,048
Lower Columbia-Clatskanie 10 58
Lower Columbia-Sandy 22 1,431
Lower Cowlitz 37 689
Lower Crab 3 17
Lower Grande Ronde 3 2
Lower Skagit 91 1,919
Lower Snake-Asotin 2 105
Lower Snake-Tucannon 10 35
Lower Spokane 10 1,339
Lower Yakima, Washington 15 2,143
Methow 104 8,536
Middle Columbia-Hood 27 599
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 4,473
Puyallup 142 17,984
Queets-Quinault 11 183
Rock 4 293
San Juan Islands 525 13,883
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 156 4,645
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 25 3,539

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

Bird Conservation Region Count Acres
Great Basin 593 118,921
Northern Pacific Rainforest 2,691 200,372
Northern Rockies 104 6,423
125 1,602

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

Ecoregion Count Acres
Blue Mountains 4 2
Cascades 228 93,999
Coastal Range 239 13,756
Coast Range 1 11
Columbia Plateau 161 26,336
Eastern Cascades Slopes and Foothills 29 1,352
North Cascades 418 94,744
Northern Rockies 93 6,379
Puget Lowland 2,323 89,589
Willamette Valley 17 1,151
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