Gaining Ground

Mississippi

375,577

Acres Protected

That’s about 284,528 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.

Mississippi land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that benefit everyone.

Active Land Trusts

5

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

  • 175

  • 26

  • 3

  • 1

  • 21

Land Trust Longevity

  • 24 years old (1998)

  • 14 years old (2008)

  • 21 years old

Land Protected

There has been a 166% increase in Mississippi land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
141,239
254,891
375,577
+166%
Under easement
4,691
109,245
211,648
+4412%
Owned
20,933
26,153
26,745
+28%
Acquired and reconveyed
99,862
100,996
101,436
+2%
Protected by other means
15,752
19,036
35,748
+127%

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

57%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$195 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

63,800

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

Mississippi land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Providing sustainable, local food: Mississippi has a strong farming tradition, but much of that is centered around commodities, such as cotton, so that the state imports 90% of its food. The all-volunteer North Mississippi Land Trust promotes sustainable, local agriculture by helping young farmers get started with the intention of bringing fresh local fruit and vegetables to the state's residents.

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Land Trusts Working in Mississippi

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