Easement Stewardship

There are some new Forest Society volunteers out in the woods this fall.

Service areas for Forest Society easement stewards.

What is adverse possession?

Adverse possession is a common law that allows a person to acquire title to real property without mutual agreement by the parties.  Adverse possession is confusing, complicated, and can often be very emotional.  While it is relatively rare, our easement stewards frequently get asked questions about it.

We have prepared a handout regarding adverse possession, which includes steps you can take to protect yourself from it.  

Handout that includes steps you can take to protect yourself from adverse possession.

The stewardship areas for the 2015 conservation easement stewards.

How does the Forest Society enforce the terms of its easements?

The primary objective of our stewardship program is to preserve the conservation values of those lands protected by conservation easements. Ensuring compliance with the terms of each easement is critical to meeting this objective.  The Forest Society is prepared to legally defend and enforce our easements when necessary.  Legal enforcement, however, is a remedy of last resort.  Our program is most successful if compliance is voluntary.

Where can I get more info on land trusts in NH?

The New Hampshire Land Trust Coalition (NHLTC) is an excellent resource for statewide land trust information.  Visit http://www.nhltc.com/ .

Are there any grant funds available to improve my land and forests?

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers voluntary programs to landowners that can provide financial and technical assistance in exchange for improving conservation practices on your property.  Visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/nh/programs/financial/ for more information.