What Are Conservation Easements?

Conservation easements are legal agreements that limit the development or use of land to protect its natural, scenic, or historic features. Conservation easements are used to achieve a variety of conservation purposes, including agricultural preservation, open space and scenic resource preservation, and natural resource protection.

Conservation easements are voluntarily entered into by landowners and they permanently restrict certain activities on the land, such as commercial development or subdivision.

The conservation easement’s terms are legally binding and ensure the preservation of its conservation values.

This also means that any potential development of the site, including campgrounds, trails, or other recreational amenities, must be in compliance with the conservation easement’s terms.

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