Gaining Ground

Puerto Rico

37,638

Acres Protected

That’s about 28,514 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

4,568

More and more people are enjoying the benefits of nature.

Percent of Land Trusts That Provide Public Access to Their Lands

100%

Land trusts provide opportunities to recreate and recharge.

Number of People Served

27,998

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

Miles of Trails

16

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

Miles With Universal Access

2

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.

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

Active Land Trusts

1

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

1

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

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • 0

  • 1,317

  • 180

  • 3

  • 3

Land Trust Longevity

  • 52 years old (1970)

  • 52 years old (1970)

  • 52 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

100%

Sources of Funding to Address Climate Change
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Partners in Conservation

  • United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service CIG Farm Trials

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Auerodendron Pauciflorum

  • United States Department of Agriculture through Arizona State

Land Protected

There has been a 54% increase in Puerto Rico land protected by land trusts since 2010.

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

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
24,511
32,073
37,638
+54%
Under easement
205
1,430
1,595
+678%
Owned
11,473
18,029
23,428
+104%
Acquired and reconveyed
1,991
1,991
1,991
0%
Protected by other means
10,842
10,623
10,623
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

100%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

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

Puerto Rico land trusts are gaining ground.

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

  • Addressing community needs: After the devastation of hurricanes, the accredited Para la Naturaleza immediately reached out to communities surrounding its preserves to provide critical assistance.

    Read more

Land Trusts Working in Puerto Rico

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