A conservation easement is simply a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently limits future uses of the land, protecting its flora, fauna, ground, and water. As an incentive, the owner gets a significant tax deduction, AND continues to own the land.

These conservation easement properties are treasured lands, and each is unique. This is a sample easement, however each owner will have unique circumstances. Therefore, each easement should be drafted by an attorney who is experienced in conservation easements, and is sensitive to the values of the owner. The document should paint a picture of what the land will become in years ahead, and what will be protected.