Conservation Easements 101



Conservation easements are voluntary agreements that limit the amount and type of development on a property. This tool conserves the land’s productive capacity and open character. Landowners continue to retain title to the property and all other rights of property ownership.



Each conservation easement is individually tailored to meet the needs of the landowner and the unique features of the property. One can donate or sell conservation easements and they can be granted during the owner’s lifetime or through a bequest. The easement may be placed on an entire property or just a portion.



Conservation easements are granted in perpetuity, meaning the agreement is attached with the land’s title, regardless of ownership. This ensures the land is maintained as ranchland and open space for future generations.



The objective of the Frequently Asked Questions is to address typical concerns and answer some common questions regarding conservation easements, to dispel misinformation and so that landowners can make a more informed choice regarding whether a conservation easement is the right option for their particular situation. 

Contact your State Agricultural Land Trust to learn more about a Conservation easement on your land