Gaining Ground



Acres Protected

That’s about 68,977 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


More and more people are enjoying the benefits of nature.

Percent of Land Trusts That Provide Public Access to Their Lands


Land trusts provide opportunities to recreate and recharge.


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

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

Active Land Trusts


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


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

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Accredited Land Trusts


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

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  • 2,950

  • 91

  • 5

  • 3

  • 58

Land Trust Longevity

  • 61 years old (1961)

  • 17 years old (2005)

  • 44 years old

Land Protected

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

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

Total acres protected
Under easement
Acquired and reconveyed
Protected by other means

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


Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$487 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017


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

Delaware land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Ensuring water quality: The Kent County Conservancy partnered with NREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation to secure two wetland parcels to become part of the Fork Branch Nature Preserve, in order to help protect and buffer the preserve’s wetland habitats, and the wildlife species the habitats support. The Fork Branch Nature Preserve is one of Dover’s last remaining natural areas, and is known to contain a unique stand of old growth American beech, a wooded stream corridor and several rare and threatened plant species.

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  • Conserving wildlife habitat: The Gardening for Water and Wildlife program, conducted through a partnership between the Delaware Nature Society and the National Wildlife Federation, provides official recognition for properties that meet five criteria necessary for wildlife: food, water, cover, places for wildlife to raise young and wildlife-friendly landscaping practices. These properties can get certified as Certified Wildlife Habitats™.

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Land Trusts Working in Delaware

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