Land Conservation

What costs are involved with easements?

Conservation easements may involve expenses for items such as legal fees, survey and appraisal costs or other professional services.  The Forest Society may charge fees for the service of easement drafting and baseline documentation preparation.

Are there financial benefits to donating a conservation easement?

Yes, by donating a conservation easement you may benefit in several possible ways.  Consult a qualified professional to find out how these possibilities apply in your personal situation.

Federal income taxes:

What is a conservation easement?

A conservation easement deed is a permanent, legally binding agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization or public agency that restricts use of the land to protect its significant natural features. In New Hampshire this is authorized by RSA 477:45-47.

The Forest Society and TransCanada Hydro Northeast Inc., finalized a conservation easement on some 2,300 acres including 31 miles of frontage on the First and Second Connecticut Lakes in Pittsburg as well as seven and a half miles of frontage on the upper Connecticut River in Pittsburg and Clarks

Every so often, landowners joyfully discover natural treasures on their land as a result of their work with the Forest Society.  Such was the case when sisters Rachel Boyden, Rebecca Boyden, and Jennifer Kampsnider learned of the 400+ year-old black gum trees in the most distant corner of their f


Jaffrey — Thousands of future Mount Monadnock hikers will benefit from one family’s donation of a conservation easement on 55 acres on the mountain’s southern flank in Jaffrey to the Forest Society.

Brian Hotz, Vice President of Land Conservation
Brian Hotz, Vice President for Land Conservation- 

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