It's a method of protecting our natural resources and preserving scenic open space, farmland and natural lands while keeping the land in private ownership. A conservation easement is a legal contract between a landowner and a land trust or public agency that provides for the perpetual preservation of the landowner's property by restricting or prohibiting certain activities and structures. After signing, the agreement is recorded in the local county courthouse so that all future owners of the property will be aware of the easement and will be bound by its terms and provisions. With an easement, only the right to develop the property is given up. Landowners maintain ownership and the land remains private. It may be bought, sold, leased or inherited as with all other land, but always subject to the recorded restrictions.
Any land with conservation value can be protected by easement. This includes woodlands, wetlands, meadows, farmland, endangered species habitat, beaches, scenic areas, natural areas, wild and scenic rivers, historic areas and any other type of land that is essentially undeveloped.
The decision to place a conservation easement on their property is often made out of a desire by the landowners to preserve the beauty of their land and/or to protect the land base for agricultural use. There are also significant state and federal tax advantages associated with an easement donation. Sometimes, payment is available for certain types of land).
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Owings Mills, Maryland 21117-2354 Phone:
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