Appalachian Land Study

The Appalachian Land Study is a community / scholarly collaboration to provide accurate data about land ownership, mineral rights, and public revenues in Central Appalachia.  We seek to update the groundbreaking 1979-81 study that revealed that only 28% of land and 20% of mineral rights are owned by local people across six states. Since 2016, LiKEN has participated in a broad coalition of concerned citizens, practitioners, and scholars ( The regional collaboration supports grassroots community members. With data on land, local community projects can address inequities of the past and start to build strong, vibrant communities with sustainable livelihoods.

LiKEN contacts:           
Betsy Taylor
Deborah Thompson