When the Farmland and Natural Areas Program began in 2003, the County's land protection goal was to protect 5,000 to 10,000 acres. To date, the County protects 11,536 acres. An additional 10 projects, totaling 194 acres, are in varying stages of completion. See the most recent
Land Conservation Map Summary.
As of June 2018, the County completed 133 land protection projects, including :
- 70 permanent agricultural conservation easements, totaling 7,770 acres
- 43 natural area conservation easements, totaling 1,777 acres
- 20 fee acquisition projects with other public entities, totaling 1,989 acres
The County has spent $20.62 million in County funds (25 percent), leveraged $34.74 million in non-County funds (43 percent) and received $26.28 million in landowner donations (32 percent) to protect these lands.
Other sources of non-County funding include the Friends of the Mississippi River and significant landowner donations of easement value.
Examples of some of the completed natural area protection projects are: