Gaining Ground

Washington

1,002,413

Acres Protected

That’s about 759,404 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.

Visitors to Land Trust Properties

854,119

Visitors in 2020, more than triple that of 2015.

Percent of Land Trusts That Provide Public Access to Their Lands

100%

Land trusts provide opportunities to recreate and recharge.

Number of People Served

152,942

Land trusts provide programs and activities to get people outside and learn about the land.

Miles of Trails

425

Walking, hiking and other outdoor recreation improve people's health and well-being.

Miles With Universal Access

98

Universal access trails are designed to be used by all people, regardless of ability.

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Community Engagement in the Last Five Years

88%

Land Trusts Are Deepening Relationships With:
  • People from various racial and ethnic backgrounds

  • Older adults or those living in retirement communities

  • People who identify as LGBTQ+

  • People living with disabilities

  • Veterans

Land Trusts Are Helping Address Community Needs, Including:
  • Youth education and development

  • Community and economic development

  • Food security and agriculture

  • Health and wellness

  • Social and environmental justice

Demographics

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

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

Active Land Trusts

34

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

30

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

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Accredited Land Trusts

18

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

    25,824

  • Volunteers

    3,948

  • Full-time staff

    242

  • Part-time staff

    73

  • Board members

    392

Land Trust Longevity

  • Oldest

    56 years old (1966)

  • Youngest

    17 years old (2005)

  • Median age

    32 years old

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

96%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

56%

Sources of Funding to Address Climate Change
  • Washington State Department of Ecology - Floodplains by Design

Land Protected

There has been a 45% increase in Washington land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
691,535
917,498
1,002,413
+45%
Under easement
65,349
98,265
133,380
+104%
Owned
93,915
126,165
153,382
+63%
Acquired and reconveyed
240,620
188,671
202,793
0%
Protected by other means
291,653
453,369
512,858
+76%

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

76%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$1.6 billion

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

38,800

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

Washington land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Addressing community needs: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the accredited Whidbey Camano Land Trust transformed their annual community engagement bike ride to a multi-day ride around their protected properties. The 2020 event engaged nearly 200 new people who reported their enjoyment of the protected farmland, prairie and beach.

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  • Saving family farms: The accredited Jefferson Land Trust worked with a local owner to permanently protect SpringRain Farm & Orchard in Chimacum. The certified organic farm is committed to providing sustainably produced organic food for their local community.

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  • Tackling climate change: After a series of devastating wildfires, the people of North Central Washington know the importance of managing landscapes for climate resilience. The accredited Chelan-Douglas Land Trust permanently protected 2,100 acres of the Cascades Modoc Highlands, which includes elevations and microclimates that support species movement to adapt to a changing climate.

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Land Trusts Working in Washington

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