Importance of Private Land
Of the more than 290 million acres contained with the five Gulf states, more than 86 percent is privately owned as agricultural or forested land. Private lands are a critical part of our culture and heritage that we do not wish to lose. Private lands provide benefits such as food and timber production, opportunities for hunting and fishing, and connection to family and community history. The Gulf Partnership wants to continue to work with private landowners to protect natural resources for future generations through land purchases and conservation easements – voluntary landowner agreements.