Conservation Almanac

FAQs

  1. Why a Conservation Almanac?
    • To create a definitive source of conservation information.
    • To inform the development of state and local policies in support of land conservation.
    • To provide critical background information for elected officials, policymakers, the media, citizen activists, and researchers.
  2. Don't see what you're looking for? Need more information?
      Our team of conservation finance experts are happy to help. We can often provide custom data beyond what is represented on our website and are always up to date with current conservation finance news, programs, and policies from around the county. Email us at Conservation.Almanac@tpl.org
  3. What questions does the Conservation Almanac address?
    • "What are other places doing to achieve their conservation goals?"
    • "Are there any benchmarks to inform our work?"
    • "What policies and programs might help us make progress in reaching our conservation objectives?"
    • "Where are land conservation efforts most active in my state?"
    • "How much money has been spent and acres acquired for land conservation in a state and across the country?"
  4. What are the components of the Conservation Almanac?
    • State Conservation Achievements:
      • Percent of land conserved figures for all 50-states showing acres acquired (fee vs. easement) for conservation to date as reported by land management agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government.
      • Federal, State, and Local dollars spent annually on conservation through fee title and conservation easements
      • Private Land Trusts and non-governmental organizations acres acquired
    • Profile of State and Local Programs and Funding Mechanisms
    • State Policy Framework - Analysis of conservation policies in each state
    • Map portal - Shows where acres have been protected (Federal, State, Local and Private)
    • LandVote™ Data and Maps - Information on conservation finance ballot measures
    • Federal Funding Analysis - Analysis of federal programs used in the state
  5. How can I give feedback on the data?

    We welcome feedback from Conservation Almanac data providers and data users, including requests to update information on individual records. Please email conservation.almanac@tpl.org with comments and/or questions. Upon request, data providers may review their data prior to release on the Conservation Almanac website. Please contact us.

  6. How will data be collected?

    The Trust for Public Land will actively collect data from public agencies and programs and private conservation organizations. Data on dollars spent and acres acquired will be gathered for Federal, State and local programs. Only information on acreage will be collected at the private level. Initially, only data that is digitally mapped will be collected for the map viewer. We will keep track of paper maps and non-mapped computer files for later efforts. TPL will be coordinating with the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) project partners to gather much of the easement information. In addition, the National Conservation Easement Portal housed on the Conservation Registry will offer organizations and agencies a customized mapping tool that will allow them to draw their easement on a map (or upload a shape) and data entry fields to add accompanying information.

    Although the NCED is focusing on collecting easement data, project partners are also integrating the data with other tools and efforts that are trying to develop a more complete conservation picture. The Conservation Almanac is one such effort.

  7. How will data or information be updated over time?

    Updates occur as data is collected and aggregated by Conservation Almanac staff. Please check back for updates and contact us with any questions about when data will next be updated in your state.

  8. What if my organization does not currently have GIS capacity and/or does not have any conservation projects in a computerized/digitized form?

    Depending on capacity and funding availability, Conservation Almanac staff may be available to help your organization map conserved parcels and/or edit existing spatial data. Please contact us for more information.

  9. How is this effort related to other national protected areas mapping efforts, such as the Protected Area Database of the U.S. (PAD-US) and the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED)?

    The Conservation Almanac is an important piece of the public-private partnerships that are building the Protected Areas Database of the U.S. (PAD-US) and the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED). PAD-US is an inventory of public and non-profit fee-owned lands that are dedicated to open space uses. The NCED is an inventory of conservation easements dedicated to open space uses. The Conservation Almanac is using compatible technology and coordinating with PAD-US and NCED, to submit data and to ensure that both data sets can be used in creating a complete GIS-based overview of protected areas.

    The Conservation Almanac is unique in that it tracks spending associated with these lands. Since the projects are related and include some of the same players, if an agency or organization would like to share fee or easement data collected as a part of the Conservation Almanac, The Trust for Public Land can pass it on to the appropriate partner for either PAD-US or NCED.

  10. How should I cite Conservation Almanac data used in my research?
      To recognize the valuable role of the Conservation Almanac in providing information on public funding for land conservation across the country and to facilitate continued updates of this data, users of the Conservation Almanac are asked to formally acknowledge the data source. This acknowledgment should occur as a formal citation in research reports, planning documents, on-line articles, and other publications. The citation can be formatted as follows:
      The Trust for Public Land, Conservation Almanac, 2017. www.conservationalmanac.org