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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 – 308
  • 309 – 616
  • 617 – 924
  • 925 – 1232
  • 1233 – 1541
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Easements by Easement Holder Type


Total Easements: 3773

Easement Holder Count Acres
Federal 397 35,178
Jointly Held 3 380
Local Government 972 24,854
Native American 2 32
Non-Governmental Organization 1,310 47,652
Private 3 531
Regional Agency 22 3,895
State 991 222,453
Unknown Easement Holder 73 1,090

Easements by Landowner Type


Total Easements: 3773

Landowner Type Count Acres
Local Government 332 10,237
Native American 10 178
Non-Governmental Organization 46 4,310
Private 2,689 129,013
State 9 7,012
Unknown 28 678
Unknown Landowner 659 184,637

Easements by Purpose


Total Easements: 3773

Purpose Count Acres
Environmental System 1,296 202,141
Historic Preservation 2 72
Open Space - Farm 640 19,214
Open Space - Forest 134 41,733
Open Space - Other 26 619
Recreation or Education 126 808
Unknown 1,549 71,478

Easements by Public Access


Total Easements: 3773

Public Access Count Acres
Closed 509 46,634
Open Access 73 6,396
Restricted Access 33 35,292
Unknown 3,158 247,743

Easements by Acquisition Date

This graph may not represent the total acreages for all conservation easements in the region due to missing data.


Total Easements: 1827
Show Table of Data
Acquisition Year Count Acres
2015 13 392
2014 27 821
2013 35 2,001
2012 28 4,190
2011 65 4,493
2010 65 9,127
2009 164 18,357
2008 198 78,350
2007 77 3,654
2006 147 9,244
2005 67 2,489
2004 259 94,945
2003 139 18,348
2002 65 5,107
2001 141 6,178
2000 48 1,845
1999 49 4,755
1998 36 3,088
1997 84 3,333
1996 34 1,964
1995 24 1,316
1994 3 165
1993 11 192
1992 11 301
1991 4 21
1990 7 876
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 1,945 59,348

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

Easement Holder Count Acres
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 269 7,200
Fox Island Community and Recreation Association 1 5
Franks Family Foundation 2 635
Friends of Lakewold 1 10
Friends of the Hylebos 10 130
Greater Peninsula Conservancy 34 1,181
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 696 17,704
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks 600 142,329
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 22 409
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
Skokomish Tribe of Indians 2 32
Snohomish County 32 771
State of Washington 17 33,513
Tapteal Greenway 1 10
The Archaeological Conservancy 1 2
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 180 27,134
Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust 15 66
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 67 18,599
Washington Department of Natural Resources 5 438
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 22 1,046
Deschutes 5 270
Dungeness-Elwha 82 3,247
Duwamish 412 67,846
Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake 12 1,457
Fraser 3 120
Grays Harbor 11 266
Hangman 1 402
Hoh-Quillayute 31 1,128
Hood Canal 62 2,978
Kettle 8 47
Klickitat 4 1,314
Lake Chelan 1 4
Lake Washington 241 4,775
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 1,431
Lower Cowlitz 38 2,546
Lower Crab 3 17
Lower Grande Ronde 3 2
Lower Skagit 129 2,726
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 27 599
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 264 7,115
Puyallup 150 17,994
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 36 20,584
Snohomish 28 1,789
Snoqualmie 694 105,091
Stillaguamish 40 1,110
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 54 3,598
Walla Walla 22 1,358
Wenatchee 26 298
Willapa Bay 29 3,536

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

Bird Conservation Region Count Acres
Great Basin 673 123,180
Northern Pacific Rainforest 2,856 203,248
Northern Rockies 105 7,585
139 2,052

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

Ecoregion Count Acres
Blue Mountains 5 125
Cascades 225 95,657
Coastal Range 181 10,194
Coast Range 1 11
Columbia Plateau 185 28,776
Eastern Cascades Slopes and Foothills 34 2,034
North Cascades 469 95,787
Northern Rockies 94 7,541
Puget Lowland 2,562 94,789
Willamette Valley 17 1,151
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