Easement Stewardship

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.

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.