Gaining Ground

Arkansas

308,244

Acres Protected

That’s about 233,518 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

2,000

More and more people are enjoying the benefits of nature.

Percent of Land Trusts That Provide Public Access to Their Lands

100%

Land trusts provide opportunities to recreate and recharge.

Number of People Served

25

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

Miles of Trails

5

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

Miles With Universal Access

0

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

100%

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.

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

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

1

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

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Accredited Land Trusts

1

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

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • 375

  • 15

  • 6

  • 3

  • 23

Land Trust Longevity

  • 19 years old (2003)

  • 14 years old (2008)

  • 16 years old

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

100%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

100%

Land Protected

There has been a 20% increase in Arkansas land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
257,419
269,781
308,244
+20%
Under easement
14,773
29,350
72,925
+394%
Owned
19,014
28,641
30,909
+63%
Acquired and reconveyed
138,580
143,752
131,689
0%
Protected by other means
85,052
85,721
72,721
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

81%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$265 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

44,400

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

Arkansas land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Tackling climate change: The accredited Northwest Arkansas Land Trust worked with the City of Fayetteville to help site renewable energy. In the process, they permanently protected a prairie parcel to sequester carbon. The land trust completed a conservation easement and land management agreement, as well as a small walking trail so area residents can enjoy birding and rare plants (over 200 plant species were identified in a “botany blitz”).

    Read more

Land Trusts Working in Arkansas

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