Great news came our way for this Holiday season — the Land Trust Alliance has released their 2015 National Land Trust Census Report and land trusts have protected over 866,000 acres in Washington!
Nationwide, an exceptional 56 million acres have been permanently protected by land trusts across the county. According to the Land Trust Alliance, land trusts are now voluntarily conserving an average of 5,000 acres per day — or 1.8 million acres per year.
The Land Trust Alliance has collected data from land trusts across the nation since 1982.
The 866,467 total acres protected in Washington represent an increase of 170,000 acres since 2010. Other key findings include:
- Land trust manage 457 properties with public access in Washington;
- Land trusts have helped private landowners place conservation easements on 98,265 acres of land;
- Conserving natural areas and wildlife habitat, protecting water quality and preserving working farms and ranchlands are top priorities for Washington land trusts.
See more of the data from the National Land Trust Census below: