Conservation Almanac

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List conservation activity by:
Geography:   Level of Government:

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Acquisition year:
Funding Program:
Acreage: Purchase Type:
Area name:
NOTE: The search results represent data from the entire Conservation Almanac database. Data at the private level is not comprehensive. Some of the protected parcels may not be spatially represented.

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NOTE: The information in these graphs represents data from the entire Conservation Almanac database. Not just spatially represented lands.

The Conservation Almanac covers land area conservation activity across the United States, beginning in 1998. The project grew out of the many requests The Trust for Public Land has received for data to understand the "context" for land conservation and the growing conservation finance movement.

Please email us at almanac@tpl.org if you have any questions or suggestions.

General Help Topics

Map Tab

Map Navigation:

Pan: Click on the map and drag to pan around the map.

Zoom: Use the zoom bar in the upper right corner of the map, use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out, or double click to zoom in.

Base map: You can change the underlying base map by clicking on "Street map" or "Imagery" options under Map Legend & Layers.

Quick Zoom: Use the Quick Zoom tab to the left of the map to jump to a particular city, zip code or address. Alternatively, select a state from the dropdown list to jump to that state.

Map Layers:Under the Map Legend and Layers tab to the left of the map is a list of layers available for displaying on the map. To add a layer to the map, click on the checkbox next to the layer name. When a layer is displayed on the map, the legend will appear directly below the layer name. The following is a list of the available layers:

  • Conserved Lands 1998 - 2011: This is the primary data layer for the Conservation Almanac map. This layer includes all conserved land parcels for which spatial data is available. To view information for an individual parcel, click within the parcel. A popup box will appear with a summary of information and a link to view a detailed report for that parcel. For more information on the Conserved Lands layer, see the Data Dictionary located under "Other Resources".
  • Protected Areas Database of the US (PAD-US): Spatially explicit inventory of protected areas in the United States.
  • National Conservation Easement Database (NCED): The first national database of conservation easement information, compiling records from land trusts and public agencies throughout the United States.
  • Cities & Towns, Points: Point locations of all (available) cities and towns
  • Cities & Towns, Boundaries: Boundary lines of all (available) cities and towns
  • Congressional Districts: Congressional District boundary lines. When turned on, click on the map to view district information.
  • States: State boundary lines

Map Query: The Map Query tab to the left of the map allows the user to highlight a subset of Conserved Land parcels according to the following variables:

Level of Government: The level of government from which the money to purchase the land is generated

Purchase Type: Purchase type is the way the land was conserved either as a conservation easement or an outright purchase through fee title

Funding Program: The program through which the conservation of the land was funded

Acquisition year: The year in which the land was acquired

Print Map: The Print Map tab to the left of the map allows the user to print the map to PDF. Because of limitations on the license with Google, the base map of the produced PDF may look different than the web version. For more information on Google's licensing policies and terms of use, click here.

Search Tab

Search By: Conservation activity can be listed by one or more of the following variables:

  • Geography: State or county
  • Acquisition Year
  • Funding program
  • Acreage: acreage of the individual area of conservation
  • Level of Government: The level of government from which the money to purchase the land is generated
  • Purchase Type: Purchase type is the way the land was conserved either as a conservation easement or an outright purchase through fee title

Results: The search results represent data from the entire Conservation Almanac database. Some of the protected parcels may not be spatially represented. To view an individual parcel on the map, click on "View on map". Click on "View detailed report" to view a PDF report for that parcel.

Tasks:

  • View as graph: Click to view your search results as a graph. This will take you to the Stastics tab where you can view and print the resulting graph.
  • View list on map: Click to view your search results on the map. This will take you to the Map tab and highlight all search results that have spatial attributes. NOTE: The search results represent data from the entire Conservation Almanac database. Some of the protected parcels may not be spatially represented.
  • Print list: Click to print your search results as a PDF.
  • Export data: Click to export your search results as an Excel-compatible CSV file.

Statistics Tab

The Statistics tab allows the user to view select subsets of the Conservation Almanac dataset as graphs and tables. To use, select a topic and a geography from the dropdown lists and then click "GO". Please note that the information in these graphs represents data from the entire Conservation Almanac database, not just spatially represented lands.

To print the resulting graph(s), click on "print" in the upper right corner of the graph.

FAQs

Why is there no data for my state?

Not all data currently has a spatial attribute. States will be added as the data becomes available.

Why are some parcels labeled "other" and "unknown" under purchase type?

Parcels labeled "other" include acquisitions with partial interests, leases, and exchanges. The purchase type "unknown" indicates that the data provider was unable to provide purchase type information.

How can I compare two different places?

This feature is not currently available on this mapping site. However, you can compare data for different geographies using the Compare Tool here.

How are acreages reported?

Acreage amount is generated from the agency or organization's reported acres as opposed to the GIS acreage for a given boundary.

Why do some program activity summaries show zero acreage with corresponding dollar amounts greater than zero?

To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a parcel, the parcel acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the chart displays a dollar amount greater than $0, but also shows 0 acres, it is because the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year.

When I query a program under the "Search" tab of the mapping section why won't it provide an acreage total similar to the total dollar figure?

Acreage is not summarized by program for this query in order to prevent double counting acres. The query provides a list based on contributions to a single parcel. If one parcel had multiple contributions the acreage may be listed more than once in this particular query. Other areas of the Conservation Almanac that provide acreage totals by level of government or by year have taken double counting into account.

Quick Start Guide

  • Zoom in to your area of interest or select a state from the dropdown list under "Quick Zoom".
  • If data is available for that area, conserved parcels will appear as bright green polygons. Click on a parcel to view information for that area.

Data Dictionary

The following is a list of fields included in the Conservation Almanac's Conserved Lands layer:

Field Name Field Description
Area Name The name of the parcel.
Program Sponsor The program or funding source that has made a contribution to acquire a parcel. When multiple contributions are made to a project the program sponsor that contributed the majority of funds is listed as primary.
Purchase Type Purchase type is the way the land was conserved either as a conservation easement or an outright purchase through fee title.
Purchase Amount The amount of money the program sponsor contributed to a parcel.
Level of Government The level of government from which the money to purchase the land is generated.
Purpose The conservation intent of a parcel broken down by the following categories:
  • Recreational or Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • Open Space - Farm
  • Open Space - Ranch
  • Open Space - Forest
  • Open Space - Other
  • Environmental System
  • Data Not Available
Funding Mechanism Funding mechanism used in purchase. For example, revenue from a bond, property tax, sales tax or real estate transfer tax.
Year Finance Mechanism Created The last year in which a conservation measure took place in the jurisdiction.
Multiple ConFin Measures List of various funding mechanisms used/passed in that jurisdiction. (i.e. bond, property tax, sales tax)
TPL Involved Any parcel where TPL conveyed a property to the managing agency or was somehow involved.
Easement Holder Name The name of the entity that manages the easement.
Easement Holder Type Whether the holder of the easement is a federal, state, local, tribal, or other legal classification.
Co-Held If two entities hold the easement (manage it) the other entity is listed here.
Landowner Type Whether the owner of the underlying land is federal, state, local, tribal, or other legal classification.
Public Access Identifies whether the easement is open to public access or not
Duration Identifies whether the easement is permanent or term

Conservation Funding at a Glance

An Overview of States that have Dedicated Revenue for Land Conservation. Read more

Research

  • The TPL LandVote Database® is a comprehensive history of all conservation-related ballot measures since 1988.
  • The TPL LandVote Mapping System uses geographic information systems (GIS) technology to map the locations of these ballot measures and illustrate election trends.
  • The Conservation Almanac is the definitive resource of land conservation activity across the country. The Almanac includes acres protected, dollars spent, and policies and programs that create and utilize revenue to buy land for parks and open space.
  • The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is the first national database of conservation easement information, compiling records from land trusts and public agencies throughout the United States.
  • The TPL Parkscore Project is the most comprehensive rating system ever developed to measure how well the 40 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks.
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