National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) Version 1, 2011

Aug 9, 2011 (Last modified Jul 12, 2012)
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The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is a collaborative venture to compile easement records (both spatial and tabular) from land trusts and public agencies throughout the United States in a single, up-to-date, sustainable, GIS compatible, online source. The goal of the NCED is to provide a comprehensive picture of the estimated 20 million acres of privately owned conservation easement lands, recognizing their contribution to America's natural heritage, a vibrant economy, and healthy communities. Conservation easements are legal agreements voluntarily entered into between landowners and conservation entities (agencies or land trusts) for the express purpose of protecting certain societal values such as open space or vital wildlife habitats. In some cases landowners transfer "development rights" for direct payment or for federal and state tax benefits.

Please note that, by downloading or viewing this data, no right has been created to access lands with conservation easements.  Most conservation easements are not open to the public.  Entering an area that is not open to the public subjects an individual to possible sanctions for trespass, as determined by the state in which the easement is located.

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The NCED project partners would like to thank the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities for their leadership and forethought for putting the NCED team together and for the initial funding that allowed the NCED to be formed. Additional support for the NCED project was provided by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Knobloch Family Foundation. We would also like to thank Greg Schildwachter for his leadership skills in guiding the project partners through this two-year journey. While the NCED partners were responsible for aggregating conservation easements from across the country, the NCED database would not have been successful without the cooperation of many federal, state, and local agencies, regional and state data repositories, and individual land trusts. We would like to thank the many state and federal agencies and local land trusts that took part in this endeavor. In addition, we would like to provide specific acknowledgement of the following organizations for their provision of state-wide, regional or national data: COMap - Colorado State University; Clemson University, David Holman - Greater Chicago area protected lands; Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Florida Natural Areas Inventory; GreenInfo - California Protected Areas Database; Kansas Natural Heritage Inventory; Kentucky Natural Heritage Program; Maine State Planning Office; Maryland Environmental Trust; Montana Natural Heritage Programs, University of Montana in partnership with the Montana State Library; Nebraska Natural Heritage Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; The Nature Conservancy; Utah Conservation Data Center, State of Utah Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources; Virginia Natural Heritage Program, Department of Conservation and Recreation; Natural Resources Conservation Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service.

Please note that a newer version of these data are now available on Data Basin, National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) Version 2, July 2012
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 Conservation Biology Institute, Defenders of Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, NatureServe, and the Trust for Public Land
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Please note that, by downloading or viewing this data, no right has been created to access lands with conservation easements. Most conservation easements are not open to the public. Entering an area that is not open to the public subjects an individual to possible sanctions for trespass, as determined by the state in which the easement is located. The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) layer was created using a variety of sources and may contain both location and attribute errors. The NCED database was developed for conservation planning purposes and should not be used for legal purposes. NCED makes no representation or warranty of any kind regarding this material, data and information, including, but not limited to, the accuracy of the material, data and information or its suitability for any purpose. All use of the material, data and information is at the user's sole risk. By using any of this material, data and information, the user agrees that NCED is not responsible for their use of the material, data and information or the results thereof. The NCED is a work in progress. The NCED partners strive to make this database as complete and accurate as possible. Users who download these data agree to receive email notification from the NCED group partners about updates to the NCED data and any request for feedback on the data and/or information that it contains. Please contact the NCED team at http://www.conservationeasement.us/contact to make corrections or additions to the database.
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