Conservation and Project Areas

Most conservation organizations tend to think about the work they do in terms of larger landscapes. These larger units, whether they are watersheds, municipal boundaries, or something else, can be defined to provide querying and reporting functionality.

LANDSCAPE currently offers two different types of Project Area definitions: Nominal Project Areas and Geographic Conservation Areas.

Nominal Project Areas

A Nominal Project Area is simply a name. You define the available Nominal Project Areas in Settings/List Items.


Once a Nominal Project Area is defined, you can choose it from within a Tract.

You may use Nominal Project Areas when there are no defined geographic boundaries for your project area. However, if you have defined geographic boundaries for your project area, you should consider using Geographic Conservation Areas.

Geographic Conservation Areas

As the name implies, Geographic Conservation Areas are based on boundaries on a map. You define the boundaries in Settings/Conservation Areas.

You can manually draw on the map, or import shapefiles that define your project area boundaries.

Clicking on a boundary will open the Project Area editor where you can defined a name, description, and add photos to the Project Area if you want.

With Geographic Conservation Areas defined, you can perform queries like "Which Property Acquisitions are completed in the Town of Dunn project area?" As long as your Tracts have boundaries, LANDSCAPE can find which ones are either completely within or intersect the chosen Conservation Area boundary.


The Dashboard Widgets for Completed and Active Property Acquisitions and Property Holdings also offer the option of grouping your data by Geographic Conservation Areas and Nominal Project Areas.

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