How To Preserve Your Land
A conservation easement is a tool for conserving private land. It is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect habitats, farmland, scenic views and other important features.
Conservation easements are flexible. Working together, landowners and land trusts can design conservation easements that reflect both the landowner's desires and the need to protect certain conservation values.
An easement allows landowners to continue to own and use their land, and they can also sell it or pass it on to heirs. When you donate a conservation easement, you give up some of the rights associated with the land. For example, you might give up the right to build additional structures, while retaining the right to grow crops or harvest trees. Future owners also will be bound by the easement’s terms.
Even the most restrictive easements permit landowners to continue such traditional uses of the land as farming, foresting, and ranching.
For more information about conservation opportunities, please contact our Land Protection division