In this issue: 2017 data release is live; View our redesigned website
Greetings NCED users and data providers!
Good news: the 2017 NCED release is now live! In this update we've added over 3 million acres, replaced over 1,000 polygons with better records, and made improvements to the data schema.

The next time you visit NCED, you'll see a redesigned homepage showing quick statistics, links to an easement search and the full map, and a toolbar with our full suite of conservation easement resources and information. 

On the new website, users may view data without an account, however a password is required to download data. To register a new account, use the Login/Register button in the far top right corner on the new website, or use this link.

The NCED team
2017 NCED Data Release

The 2017 NCED update is now live on our website. With this release we've added 3,160,019 acres, and improved polygons for 1,000 records. We've also updated the data schema with slight changes to the "Purpose" domain, and by adding coded domains and easement holders to facilitate data QA/QC.

States with over 100,000 acres added in this version of NCED:

Acres added
Both nonprofit- and public-held acres added
Colorado 300,000  Nonprofit-held acres added
Georgia 106,336 Both nonprofit- and public-held acres added
Maryland 167,362 Mostly nonprofit-held acres added
New Mexico 106,336 Both nonprofit- and public-held acres added
South Carolina 209,200 Mostly nonprofit acres added

Contact us to report any errors or missing data.
Redesigned NCED Website

The NCED team worked with The Trust for Public Land over the past six months to update and streamline our website. The new site is easy-to-use and has improved searching capability, a better map tool, and more resources for data providers and researchers.

Use the Interactive Map (shown at right) to search by easement holder or location, view detailed attributes of any easement, and print PDF reports of your results. Use the Advanced Easement Search to search the attributes of all easements in NCED. Download the complete spatial dataset or all tabular data from the Downloads page.

Let us know what you think.
Have Your Easement Featured on Our Website

Send us a high-resolution photo of one of your conservation easements and we may feature it on the NCED website! We now have a carousel of images on the homepage and want to feature easements and easement holders from around the country. Submit your photo here.
Correction: Our April newsletter stated that USGS published a recent storymap of America's Protected Lands. The storymap was actually created by Esri. We apologize for the error.
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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 Forestrythe 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.

NCED partners: Conservation Biology Institute; Ducks Unlimited; NatureServe; The Trust for Public Land; and (founding partner) Defenders of Wildlife.
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