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Conservation Easements

Fast Facts About Conservation Easements

  • In 2003, 5.1 million acres were protected by local and regional land trusts in the United States through conservation easements.
  • 3.2 million acres currently held under conservation easement by the Conservancy.
  • The Conservancy received its first conservation easement in 1961, on six acres at Gallup Salt Marsh in Connecticut. The conservation easement was a gift, valued at $300 at the time. The Conservancy still holds the conservation easement.
  • The smallest Conservancy-held conservation easement is 0.08 acres at Montauk Peninsula in New York.
  • The largest Conservancy-held conservation easement is 201,560 acres on the Diamond A Ranch in New Mexico.
  • 1.6 million acres of U.S. lands subject to conservation easements in which the Conservancy assisted government agencies, conservation organizations or land trusts.
  • 32,000 acres protected internationally by conservation easements granted to the Conservancy.
  • 34,000 acres of non-U.S. lands subject to conservation easements in which the Conservancy assisted government agencies or conservation organizations.
  • Between 1992 and 1997, more than 11 million acres of rural land in the United States were converted to developed use – an area five times the size of Yellowstone National Park.

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