Gaining Ground

District of Columbia

11

Acres Protected

That’s about 8 football fields!

Land trusts have already conserved 61 million acres of private land across the nation — more than all of the national parks combined. Help us conserve another 60 million acres by the end of the decade.

Together, let’s keep Gaining Ground.

Demographics

Every land trust is as unique as the community it serves.

Washington, D.C., land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire district.

Active Land Trusts

4

A land trust is a nonprofit that conserves land by acquiring and stewarding land or conservation easements.

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Alliance Member Land Trusts

4

Land Trust Alliance members commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.

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Accredited Land Trusts

0

Accredited land trusts undergo a thorough review of their practices in governance, finance, transactions and stewardship.

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • Members/financial supporters

    378,457

  • Volunteers

    45

  • Full-time staff

    24

  • Part-time staff

    1

  • Board members

    33

Land Trust Longevity

  • Oldest

    42 years old (1980)

  • Youngest

    29 years old (1993)

  • Median age

    38 years old

Land Protected

There has been a 76% increase in Washington, D.C., land protected by land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve the District's lands, waters and ways of life.

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
6
9
11
+83%
Under easement
3
6
6
+100%
Owned
3
3
4
+33%
Acquired and reconveyed
0
0
1
0%
Protected by other means
0
0
0
0%

Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.

Percent of Land Owned and Under Easement Held by an Accredited Land Trust

60%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.

Making a Difference

Washington, D.C., land trusts are gaining ground.

Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of D.C.'s most pressing issues.

  • Providing access to land for all: The Tregaron Conservancy has rehabilitated the Tregaron Estate in the nation's capital, including re-establishing the extensive system of Platt/Shipman-era trails and footpaths that wind through the Estate.

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Land Trusts Working in District of Columbia

Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.