Conservation Easement Reform: As Maine Goes Should the Nation Follow


This article explores how the Reform Law has worked and whether it makes sense as a model for other states in response to weaknesses in their enabling laws. After setting the contextual stage, this article tells the story of how the Reform Law came into being in Maine, which has more land under conservation easement than any other state. This article then examines significant provisions of the Reform Law and describes how, since its enactment, these provisions are perceived by a number of those most actively involved. The article concludes with suggestions for improvements in the law, including potential lessons for other states.

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