What is a Conservation Easement?
A conservation easement is a legal agreement negotiated between a landowner and a land trust.
The easement is registered on the title of the land in perpetuity and identifies restrictions around the future use of the land. These restrictions are intended to preserve the “conservation values” of the land into the future.
These conservations values may include native prairie, native forests, riparian areas, and the wildlife habitat and watershed values they support. The easement can also help to keep the land in bigger parcels so it remains more viable for ranching. The preservation of aesthetic and cultural values is also a positive outcome of conservation easements.