Trust Launches Conservation Web Site

The Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization, has developed a comprehensive online database of land conservation in America -- the Conservation Almanac.

The Web site provides information about land conservation at the state and federal level, including acreage protected and dollars spent. The trust created the Conservation Almanac as a direct response to the numerous questions posed by policy makers, members of the media, and conservation leaders about the growing field of land conservation in America. The data has taken five years to collect and will be updated as new information becomes available.

"Up until now, there have been attempts to capture individual pieces of the picture on land conservation in America, but none have been able to assemble this data as consistently and completely," said Ernest Cook, director of the trust's Conservation Finance program, which developed the almanac.

The Conservation Almanac includes original data from the source, real data in real time, easy search and comparison tools, and state-by-state descriptions of conservation programs and policies.

The Conservation Almanac also displays in Google map format the LandVote database, which details the history of ballot measures supporting land conservation across America, dating back to 1994.

To view the Conservation Almanac, visit www.conservationalmanac.org. It was made possible by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Trust.

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