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Conservation Easements

Conservation Easements


A conservation easement—a voluntary agreement between a landowner and a qualifying organization that permanently limits uses of the land to protect its conservation values—is one of many legal tools available to preserve land.

Property receives protection but remains in private ownership, under private control. Each conservation easement is as unique as the property it protects and the landowner who conveys it.

Landowners who want to protect all or certain portions of their land can donate a conservation easement to Openlands. We ensure that defined restrictions continue to govern land use and protect the conservation values forever. Openlands also works on behalf of landowners who are interested in conveying a conservation easement to another organization. We serve as advisors and consultants, guiding the landowner through the process, helping to negotiate terms, and answering questions along the way.

In 2013, Openlands was accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

For more information, please contact landpreservation@openlands.org.


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