Gaining Ground

North Dakota

49,413

Acres Protected

That’s about 37,434 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.

Land trusts working in North Dakota are community-supported and protect lands and waters that benefit everyone.

Land Protected

There has been a 4% increase in North Dakota land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
47,432
58,372
49,413
+4%
Under easement
0
0
3,816
0%
Owned
19,515
21,765
25,162
+29%
Acquired and reconveyed
10,906
10,906
12,100
+11%
Protected by other means
17,011
19,629
8,336
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

92%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$278 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

32,800

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

Land trusts in North Dakota are gaining ground.

Across the state, land trusts are helping find solutions to some of North Dakota's most pressing issues.

  • Tackling climate change: The accredited Nature Conservancy manages the 7,000+ acre Davis Ranch, a part of the Missouri Coteau that includes much of the Prairie Pothole Region. The area is regarded as America’s duck factory because its prairies and wetlands create ideal habitat for nesting waterfowl. It is also part of the Conservancy's Resilient and Connected Network, places where plants and animals have the best chance to find refuge from the impacts of climate change.

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  • Protecting land for future generations: Since 1985, the accredited Conservation Fund has worked across the state to protect 3,339 acres.

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  • Conserving wildlife habitat: University students are studying the mineral-rich lakes at the accredited Nature Conservancy's John E. Williams Preserve to help better understand and protect nesting habitat for piping plovers.

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