We conserve land through a legal document called a conservation easement. Conservation easements are tied to the land, whether the land is sold or stays in the family. When you put a conservation easement on your land, you still own and manage the land and pay the property taxes.
The easement explains what is and isn’t allowed to happen on that land. Generally, our easements limit development and subdivision and protect the land for farming, forestry, nature, and/or recreation.
We reach out to landowners every year by email, phone, or letter. We also visit all conserved land periodically to ensure that the easement is being upheld and to document any significant changes made to the land. These calls and visits are a great time to ask us questions you might have about land management. If we don’t know the answer, we can direct you to someone who will.