Gaining Ground

Nebraska

210,389

Acres Protected

That’s about 159,386 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.

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

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • 403

  • 205

  • 24

  • 18

  • 82

Land Trust Longevity

  • 109 years old (1913)

  • 21 years old (2001)

  • 37 years old

Land Protected

There has been a 38% increase in Nebraska land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
152,587
172,194
210,389
+38%
Under easement
34,137
40,712
75,769
+122%
Owned
88,030
88,817
91,967
+4%
Acquired and reconveyed
10,563
13,837
15,719
+49%
Protected by other means
19,857
22,783
26,934
+36%

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

85%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$165 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

16,400

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

Nebraska land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Saving family farms: After their grandparents' farm was sold to developers and converted to houses, Dean and Wayne Fedde vowed to avoid the same fate for the adjacent farm they purchased from their Aunt Stella after their uncle's death. Together they worked with the accredited Nebraska Land Trust to protect the farm and the legacy of their aunt and uncle with a permanent conservation easement.

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Land Trusts Working in Nebraska

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