Gaining Ground

Oklahoma

151,387

Acres Protected

That’s about 114,687 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.

Oklahoma 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

1

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

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Accredited Land Trusts

0

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

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People

  • 134

  • 3

  • 2

  • 3

  • 23

Land Trust Longevity

  • 22 years old (2000)

  • 13 years old (2009)

  • 19 years old

Land Protected

There has been a 24% increase in Oklahoma land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
122,418
141,137
151,387
+24%
Under easement
19,157
23,673
32,302
+69%
Owned
69,352
80,963
83,511
+20%
Acquired and reconveyed
31,097
33,724
34,422
+11%
Protected by other means
2,812
2,063
1,152
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

82%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$99 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

71,200

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

Oklahoma land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Ensuring water quality: The accredited Nature Conservancy planted 4,001 native trees at the Oka' Yanahli Preserve to restore streams and wetlands that feed the Blue River. The Blue River, one of only two in Oklahoma unimpeded by dams, is the water source for more than 150,000 people and contributes $928 million to $1.7 billion in ecosystem benefits each year.

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  • Conserving wildlife habitat: The Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma has joined forces with a broad range of groups to form the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative. Oklahoma is centrally located in the monarch migration path but in order for these butterflies to thrive, they need ample food, shelter and breeding grounds during migration. The collaborative educates, engages and supports Oklahomans in protecting and enhancing monarch habitat.

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Land Trusts Working in Oklahoma

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