Our lab is launching a survey of conservation organizations – land trusts and government agency staff – to understand perspectives on digital maps of conservation easements. Many organizations have chosen to share digital information through platforms like the National Conservation Easement Database, while others have chosen to keep their records internal. We are interested in learning more about all perspectives and experiences with digital mapping. The survey includes questions about how people perceive and use digital maps of conservation easements, reasons for keeping information internal, effects of sharing information, and characteristics of conservation organizations.
The National Conservation Easement Database is one effort in the United States to map conserved private lands.