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Conservation Easements

The conservation easement is a legal document that guides future land uses as ownership changes, protecting a property’s key features by limiting the type and scope of development that can take place. Easement lands remain in private hands and on local tax rolls while providing such public benefits as open space, scenic vistas and wildlife habitat. Easements allow landowners to help preserve important aspects of their community and contribute to the region’s quality of life. Particularly in areas facing rapid development, easements can complement local zoning by ensuring appropriate growth and protection of sensitive areas.