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Fast Facts About Land Trusts

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America loses two million acres of farms, forests and open spaces each year? And an additional 100,000 acres of wetlands are destroyed in the U.S. each year?

Land Preservation Trusts can help

Since 2000, private state and local land trusts like ours have worked to triple the annual rate of land conservation in the United States.

From 1995-2000 land trusts conserved an average of 337,937 acres of land per year. That pace soared to 1,166,697 acres conserved per year, on average, from 2000-2005.

The Killbuck Watershed Land Trust currently preserves more than 4500 acres of farm land, forests, wetlands and open spaces in Ashland, Coshocton, Holmes, Richland, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties in Ohio. We continue to work to conserve more land each year.

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A land trust is a nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements.

The states with the highest total acres conserved are California, Maine, Colorado, Montana, Virginia, New York, Vermont, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Notably, Colorado and Virginia are two of the few states offering a state tax incentive for conservation, operating in tandem with the federal incentive—a likely factor in the rankings.

Ohio currently has a state agricultural easement purchase program with which it has purchased many easements across the state.