Gaining Ground

Louisiana

498,981

Acres Protected

That’s about 378,016 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.

Demographics

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

Louisiana 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

4

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.

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People

  • 415

  • 27

  • 5

  • 3

  • 17

Land Trust Longevity

  • 19 years old (2003)

  • 18 years old (2004)

  • 19 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

0%

Land Protected

There has been a 49% increase in Louisiana land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
335,783
441,899
498,981
+49%
Under easement
9,720
47,014
103,654
+966%
Owned
194,370
262,818
263,593
+36%
Acquired and reconveyed
89,495
91,669
89,900
+0%
Protected by other means
42,198
42,101
41,833
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

83%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$417 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

75,200

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

Louisiana land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Tackling climate change: Land Trust for Louisiana holds the easement on Nine Mile Island, a 140-acre stretch of land nestled between Lake Saint Catherine and Lake Pontchartrain in an area known as the New Orleans Landbridge. The Landbridge serves as a vital protective barrier for New Orleans and communities along the Northshore, acting as a hurricane buffer and “speed bump” for storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain.

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  • Protecting land for future generations: Implemented by the Coastal Plain Conservancy and funded by Sasol through the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, the Longleaf Legacy Project is dedicated to the heritage, restoration and rebirth of the longleaf pine forest — an endangered and historically significant ecosystem. The project encompasses restoration efforts of more than 70 acres of longleaf pine habitat.

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Land Trusts Working in Louisiana

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