Gaining Ground

Idaho

735,780

Acres Protected

That’s about 557,409 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

145,045

Visitors in 2020, more than triple that of 2015.

Percent of Land Trusts That Provide Public Access to Their Lands

89%

Land trusts provide opportunities to recreate and recharge.

Number of People Served

2,349

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

Miles of Trails

127

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

Miles With Universal Access

4

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.

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

Active Land Trusts

11

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

10

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

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Accredited Land Trusts

7

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

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People

  • 5,051

  • 906

  • 32

  • 11

  • 134

Land Trust Longevity

  • 50 years old (1972)

  • 17 years old (2005)

  • 26 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

43%

Land Protected

There has been an 18% increase in Idaho land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
624,140
680,450
735,780
+18%
Under easement
115,815
146,805
172,211
+49%
Owned
109,360
120,893
121,524
+11%
Acquired and reconveyed
109,111
122,678
236,830
+117%
Protected by other means
289,855
302,948
205,215
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

$263 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

30,700

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

Idaho land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Providing access to land for all: The accredited Kaniksu Land Trust created the Pine Street Woods project, trails made for all users and all abilities, whether they are runners, cyclists, social walkers, cross-country skiers and all outdoor enthusiasts.

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  • Tackling climate change: The accredited Wood River Land Trust is expanding its Hailey Greenway project by adding 118 acres in Croy Canyon, adjacent to the City of Hailey’s Lions Park. This acquisition allows for an additional mile of stream and emergent wetland habitat restoration, protects an important wildlife migration corridor and provides an opportunity to reconnect the Big Wood River to its floodplain to help mitigate flooding in the community.

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  • Conserving wildlife habitat: The accredited Teton Regional Land Trust has worked to protect and restore wetlands which, combined with Teton Basin’s strategic location, have created a unique opportunity to reestablish Trumpeter Swan nesting in Teton Valley, and enhance Trumpeter nesting throughout the Greater Yellowstone region.

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Land Trusts Working in Idaho

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