A conservation easement is a voluntary, legal agreement that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. Also known as a conservation restriction or conservation agreement, a conservation easement is one option to protect a property for future generations.
Conservation easements can be an effective tool to protect land, often at lower cost to land trusts and public agencies.
A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency where the landowner retains many private property rights.
If donated, conservation easements may provide valuable tax benefits to landowners.
Conservation easements keep land in private ownership, and continuing to provide economic benefits to the area.
Conservation easements do not automatically make properties open to the public.