About Us

The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is the first national database of conservation easement information, compiling records from land trusts and public agencies throughout the United States. This public-private partnership brings together national conservation groups, local and regional land trusts, and state and federal agencies around a common objective. The NCED is the first nationwide database and website for sharing and managing information about conservation easements. This effort helps agencies, land trusts, and other organizations plan more strategically, identify opportunities for collaboration, advance public accountability, and raise the profile of what’s happening on-the-ground in the name of conservation.

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The NCED is an initiative of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. Additional financial support has been provided by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Knobloch Family Foundation, the Graham Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. These supporters enable the NCED team to continue to expand and improve the quality of the database. The NCED team include the following leading conservation organizations: Conservation Biology Institute, Ducks Unlimited, NatureServe, The Trust for Public Land, and (founding partner) Defenders of Wildlife. The NCED team also collaborates on data acquisition and standards with the USGS Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Library’s Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US). The NCED team also collaborates with The Nature Conservancy and Land Trust Alliance.


In the first phase of the NCED project, four of the five partners actively collected data from agencies and land trusts, with each assigned to a specific set of states. Currently, The Trust for Public Land is responsible for the public easement data collection and Ducks Unlimited is responsible for the private easement data collection. The database does not contain any identifying information about landowners. Only publicly available information from land records and basic statistics is included, such as the easement boundary, purpose and holder. In addition, for special instances in which a land trust requests concealing the exact location of an easement, we do not display the location on the map and will withhold the location from downloads. For these easements, all other descriptive information is available for data reports, along with information on all the other easements, through the primary web site – the National Conservation Easement Portal.


NCED is financially supported by grants from public and private sources. If you are interested in supporting NCED, please contact Peter Stangel at the U.S Endowment for Forestry and Communities (peter@usendowment.org , 864-233-7646).