Our Commitment to Forever: Conservation Easement Stewardship at the Forest Society
Conservation easements are forever. For every conservation easement the Forest Society accepts, we make a commitment to the landowner that we will protect the conservation values of their property forever. Since the early 1970s, the Forest Society has used conservation easements to protect over 130,000 acres of important forest lands, water resources, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat and agricultural resources.
Our easement stewardship staff is responsible for managing our commitment through annual monitoring, building mutually beneficial relationships with landowners, providing educational resources, maintaining permanent records, and working with other natural resource professionals.
For Conservation Easement Landowners
As a conservation easement landowner, you will work directly with an easement steward assigned to your property. Your easement steward is available to help you understand your easement, evaluate whether land uses you are contemplating are acceptable under the easement terms and identify silvicultural, agricultural, and ecological resources on the property. We consider a conservation easement to be a partnership and opportunity to work together with landowners to protect the special conservation features of the property. We hope you will contact our easement stewardship team if you have questions about your easement and how it relates to management of your land.
The Forest Society is obligated to monitor all of our conservation easement and deed restricted properties annually. A routine monitoring visit is a great way for you to get to know your steward, and for your steward to become more familiar with your property and your management goals. Explore our easement stewardship section to find out more about easement monitoring or land management.
Thank you for your good stewardship and for joining us in achieving the many benefits of maintaining open space in New Hampshire. Your personal objectives in owning and managing your property may be growing superior forest products, maintaining diverse wildlife habitat, having the opportunity for undisturbed outdoor recreation, and/or enjoying the scenic beauty of your land. You are in good company with many other easement landowners. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your property. In the meantime, if you have more questions about our department or your easement or deed restriction, please browse our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Your Easement Steward.