California Protected Areas Data Portal


CCED - California Conservation Easement Database

The California Conservation Easement Database (CCED) contains lands protected under conservation easements. It is a parallel data set to CPAD which covers protected areas owned in fee.  The first version of the CCED database was released in April 2014, the latest update is December 2016.



DOWNLOAD CCED »   (14mb zipped shape file, includes database manual - users must review the data disclaimer and terms of use in the user manual



CCED RELEASE NOTICE - Download the CCED version 2016 release notice (PDF, 500kb)

CCED STATISTICS - Download the CCED 2016 Statistics Report (PDF, 470 kb)

CCED POSTER MAP - Download the CCED map poster at right as a full resolution PDF (PDF, 45mb)

Easements are deed-based restrictions on private land that limit its uses to those compatible with maintaining it as open space.  Lands under easement may be actively farmed/grazed, forested, or held as nature reserves - but they are usually private lands without any public access.  Learn more about conservation easements »

GreenInfo Network has prepared an in-depth review of easement data issues and opportunities, including an assessment of issues related to public availability of easement data.  Download the easement issues and policy report »  (500kb, PDF)

Users of CCED data must review the terms of use included in the database manual.  These include:

1.  NO ACCESS:  Any map showing CCED must indicate that lands in CCED are private property and public access to them is not allowed, unless specifically provided by the terms of an easement.

2.  TITLES:   Maps of CCED easement data should whenever feasible avoid showing the easement holder (agency/organization) name, and the actual holding name – instead, the “level” field should be used (state, nonprofit, etc.), along with the generic holding title (“conservation easement”).    CCED does not contain owner names, except as they might be indicated in holding titles provided by source agencies and organizations.  

3.  CCED NOT OFFICIAL DATA:   CCED should not be used to determine property boundaries or make official determinations, and the data is not a replacement for source agency data for the most up to date information.  CCED is a general guide to the presence and location of conservation easements, for planning and assessment purposes.



California has over 2 million acres in easements.  They are held by over 200 agencies, including federal and state agencies regional districts, city/county agencies, private land trusts and some private organizations. See the release notice for a more detailed summary »

The current CCED release does not contain all easement acres in California. Some smaller land trusts and agencies are not fully represented. One large easement holder is known to be incomplete in CCED -- the California Rangeland Trust.  GIS data for California Rangeland Trust was gathered from a secondary authoritative source (the California Wildlife Conservation Board) but is incomplete.



CCED will become an element of the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED), which is a national inventory of lands conserved as easements. NCED contains GIS data for easement lands whose easement holders have agreed to make the information available to the public. Lands without this permission are identified in NCED only as acreage counts by county.  NCED is managed by a consortium of non-governmental organizations including:  Ducks Unlimited, the Trust for Public Land, Defenders of Wildlife, Conservation Biology Institute and NatureServe

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Easement map