In This Issue
Website Enhancements
The  Add an Easement p ortal is now more user friendly. We hope you like this enhanced feature!
NCED Partners
(Founding Partner)
August 2016

Since our last release, the NCED team has collected data on new publicly and privately held conservation easements from state aggregators and data providers across the United States. In addition, we continue to clean and edit existing data to improve its accuracy and usability.

Our team can work with you to edit or improve your data for NCED. We can help collect easement shapefiles, or will work to digitize from paper maps. This year we worked with Avalonia Land Conservancy in Connecticut to re-project their spatial data, adding 17 of their easements (594 acres total) to NCED during the 2016 update.

Visit the NCED  website  to search, review, and download the latest updates to the database. 


As always, please  stay in touch  to let us know how you are using NCED in your work. 



The NCED Team


Updates to NCED
July 2016 Data Release

Below is a summary of additions and modifications made to NCED since October 2015.

Number of Easements
Total easement records - 2015 113,038
Total easement records - 2016 116,872
Added 27,943
Deleted 24,109
Unchanged 44,211
Modified Attributes only 5,304
Modified Geometry only 16,886
Modified Attributes and Geometry 22,798

The NCED now contains 116,872 records.

Note: If you would like to submit revisions, please do so by September 1st. This will ensure information is included in our October 2016 revisions release.

S ubmit publicly held easements to The Trust for Public Land and  privately held easements to Ducks Unlimited.
PAD-US 1.4 Available Now

NCED and Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) Data Managers teamed up to ensure non-sensitive easements are represented in PAD-US 1.4, which was published by USGS in May ( view the announcement). 

New web mapping services make PAD-US easier to interpret, and several layers highlight the significant contribution of conservation easements to the nation.  

Download or explore PAD-US 1.4 here.

NCED Use Case: National Geographic, May 2016

National Geographic's May 2016 Special Issue is devoted entirely to Yellowstone, America's first National Park. The NCED layer helped inform land ownership in a map of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem titled Who Owns This Land?, which highlights the challenges that conservation managers face due to conflicting interests and unsustainable development.

See the map in the May 2016 issue (page 131).

Public Agency Easement Holder Survey Update

In our continuing effort to understand the size and scope of conservation easements in America and the completeness of NCED, our team conducted an email survey of public agencies at the local, state, and federal level who hold conservation easements. The survey went out in February, 2016, and results were accepted through the end of May. 

We received over 200 responses and are now using the information received to update our NCED completeness estimates for publicly held easements.

Many thanks to those of you who completed the survey!!

Upcoming Academic Easement Survey

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will soon be conducting a survey about the NCED. The survey asks for respondents' perspectives on the benefits and challenges associated with NCED, and responses are confidential. 

Some of you may receive a survey, so keep an eye on your inbox this Fall.

The National Conservation Easement Database |

The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is an initiative of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. Additional financial support has been provided by the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the   Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; the Knobloch Family Foundation; the Graham Foundation; the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Landscape Conservation Cooperative; and the U.S. Geological Survey. The NCED team also collaborates with the USGS National Gap Analysis Program (GAP) Protected Areas Database - United States (PAD-US) on data acquisition and standards.