• What are the impacts of state land conservation efforts in Georgia?
  • How have voter-approved public dollars been spent in South Carolina?
  • What is the return on investment of conservation spending in North Carolina?
  • How can we make the case to increase Florida Forever funding?

The Trust for Public Land has developed a number of conservation research tools to help planners, researchers, and groups like the South Atlantic LCC, answer these types of questions. Below is a quick introduction to The Conservation Almanac, The National Conservation Easement Database, and LandVote, three resources which offer downloadable data free to the public.

The Conservation Almanac (conservationalmanac.org) is an interactive online map viewer that shows conserved lands across the country and tracks the public money that funded their acquisition. Additional information like acreage, manager, and close date, is also available on the parcel level. GIS data is available for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and other states.

The National Conservation Easement Database (conservationeasement.us) is a partnership project that maps protected lands. Otherwise fairly similar to the Conservation Almanac, the NCED is specific to easements and is complete for all 50 states (with data updates currently underway).

The LandVote database (landvote.org) tracks the success of conservation ballot measures nationwide. LandVote provides details on each ballot measure, and maps the outcome of these local, county, and state-wide measures.

If you have any questions on these resources, please contact me: becky.gallagher@tpl.org.