Louisiana Forested Easements: 2020 Survey of Conservation Easements

Jerrod Penn, Gutierrez-Castillo, Ana L.

In February of 2020, the LSU AgCenter, with the support of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), surveyed landowners enrolled in conservation easement programs that aim to protect and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat, including the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Wetland Reserve Easement (ACEP-WRE) and Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easement (EWPP-FPE). This infographic reports the findings of landowners of Louisiana forested easements and their management characteristics.

292 Survey Participants

39% of total WRP, ACEP-WRE and EWPP-FPE restored acreage in Louisiana is owned by these survey participants.

They are enrolled in:

  • 97% WRP
  • 1% ACEP-WRE
  • 2% EWPP-FPE

411 acres is the average easement size.

4 acres is the minimum. 4,700 acres is the maximum.

Ownership Reasons

  • 51% Family heritage
  • 30% Long-term investment
  • 49% Protect/improve wildlife habitat
  • 61% Personal recreation
  • 12% Provide fee-based recreation

Easement Acquisition


Management Activities Landowners Are Interested In Adopting

  • 17% Reestablish vegetation
  • 18% Thinning
  • 3% Prescribed burning
  • 18% Control invasive species
  • 47% Mowing and disking

Reasons For Managing The Easement

  • 41% Restore forest health
  • 32% Restore environmental functions
  • 24% Habitat for nongame species
  • 64% Increase game species population
  • 36% Improve aesthetics

Thinning Preferences


Are willing to conduct thinning in the forested easement


Believe thinning improves forest health and wildlife habitat


Prefer thinning the forest for less money if it means protecting wildlife habitat

Previous Forestry Experience


Have hired a consulting forester


Have worked with a logger

Management Plans For The Next 10 Years

  • 22% Leave the forested easement as it is; no activity
  • 45% Seek forest management advice from a specialist
  • 50% Conduct management activities
  • 7% Sell some or all the forested easement
  • 13% Give some or all the forested easement to heirs

Natural Disturbances

29% of easements experienced extreme natural disturbances that damaged the forest


Participation In Outdoor Activities (13+ Times A Year)

Capture9PNG53% Wildlife watching

Capture10PNG29% Fishing

Capture11PNG17% Camping

Capture12PNG3% Horseback riding

Capture13PNG64% Hunting

Capture14PNG38% Hiking



Female 6%
Male 91%
Other 3%


< 44 44%
45 - 64 39%
65 < 54%
5/6/2021 4:40:30 PM
Rate This Article:

Have a question or comment about the information on this page?

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture