Easement Stewardship

I changed my mind about my easement, what can I do?

Once an easement is recorded, the restrictions are held in perpetuity.  It is the Forest Society’s policy to hold and enforce conservation easements as written; amendments may be authorized only under exceptional circumstances.  Any proposed amendment must be authorized by the Forest Society’s Board of Trustees as well as the Attorney General, and must meet the conditions outlined in our policy.  The publication Amending or Terminating Conservation Easements: Conforming

Does my easement restrict my ability to sell, convey by will, or give my land?

No, you may sell or convey your land to a different owner at any time at any price.  Conservation easements run with the land forever, so all future owners will be required to follow the easement terms.  We request that you notify your easement steward in writing at least 10 days before you transfer title, and many of easements require you to send written notice prior to transfer.

What are my responsibilities as a landowner with a conservation easement property?

As a conservation easement property owner, you are responsible for complying with the specific terms of the conservation easement on your property.  Although each conservation easement has different restrictions, in most cases you are responsible for at least the following:

When do I need to contact my easement steward?

If you are unsure if any activity is permitted by your easement or deed restriction, it’s always a good idea to contact your steward.  He or she can help you understand the language of your easement, and can explain what activities require notification.  Each conservation easement is unique, but at the very least, you should contact your steward before:

  • Conducting a commercial timber harvest
  • Building new structures
  • Exercising a reserved right
  • Transferring title or selling your property
  • Making any changes in management

Who is my easement steward?

Your easement steward will be assigned according to the town in which your property is located.  Locate your town on the Service Area map and use the color key to find your particular steward. Find out more about your easement steward on our Contacting Your Easement Steward page.

What is Easement Stewardship?

The primary role of our easement stewardship program is to ensure that the conservation values of protected properties are preserved. This is achieved through careful monitoring and record keeping, and fostering a mutually beneficial relationship with each and every landowner. The cycle of land protection is not finished when the deed is recorded; the hard work comes in our ability and commitment to steward, or defend, the identified conservation values in perpetuity.