The decision to place a conservation easement on a property is strictly a voluntary one. The restrictions of the easement, once set in place, usually “run with the land” and are binding on all future owners of the property (in other words, the restrictions are perpetual).
The primary purpose of a conservation easement is to protect land from development. Lands for which conservation easements may be desirable include agricultural land, timber resources, and/or other valuable natural resources such as wildlife habitat, clean water, clean air, or scenic open space. Protection is achieved primarily by separating the right to subdivide and build on the land from the other rights of ownership. The landowner who gives up these “development rights” continues to privately own and manage the land.
Perhaps more importantly, the landowner has contributed to the public good by preserving the conservation values associated with their land for future generations. In accepting the conservation easement, the easement holder has a responsibility to monitor future uses of the land to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement and to enforce the terms if a violation occurs.
Although a conservation easement prohibits certain uses by the landowner, such an easement does not make the land public.
LBOLA Easements are known by the last name of the Donor
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LBOLA conforms to the LTA Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices http://www.landtrustalliance.org/