Gaining Ground

Kentucky

249,537

Acres Protected

That’s about 189,043 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.

Kentucky land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.

Active Land Trusts

13

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

8

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

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Accredited Land Trusts

5

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

    2,675

  • Volunteers

    227

  • Full-time staff

    21

  • Part-time staff

    11

  • Board members

    99

Land Trust Longevity

  • Oldest

    63 years old (1959)

  • Youngest

    13 years old (2009)

  • Median age

    25 years old

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Focus on Climate Change in the Last Five Years

50%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

50%

Land Protected

There has been a 137% increase in Kentucky land protected by land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Kentucky lands, waters and ways of life.

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
105,368
156,528
249,537
+137%
Under easement
22,061
39,791
50,113
+127%
Owned
46,258
55,985
117,558
+154%
Acquired and reconveyed
29,565
37,093
38,363
+30%
Protected by other means
7,484
22,369
43,503
+481%

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

95%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$230 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

46,700

Source: NRCS - Natural Resources Inventory

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

Kentucky land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Tackling climate change: Kentucky Natural Lands Trust is working to protect, connect and restore wildlands, large forest tracts and migratory corridors with the goal to protect biodiversity within climate resilient landscapes in ways that benefit communities.

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  • Addressing community needs: In partnership with Boon County Conservation District, the Boone Conservancy is working to improve access to the Ohio River and highlight the county’s natural and cultural assets while preserving them for future generations. The project goal is to develop a conservation and recreation plan that recognizes the importance of land conservation while also identifying best strategies for river access sites and potential land and water outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Land Trusts Working in Kentucky

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