Land Conservation

Does granting a conservation easement give the public access to my property?

No, generally donated conservation easements do no automatically give the public any rights to enter or use protected property.  Most easements let the landowner decide to allow public access.  However, if  an easement is purchased, guaranteed public access for pedestrian recreation may be required.


Do easements restrict my ability to sell, convey by will, or give my land in the future?

No, you may sell or convey the 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.


Will I be asked to donate money?

To help cover the costs of insuring your wishes for the future of your land, the Forest Society requests a donation to the Easement Stewardship Endowment.  This money provides funds for monitoring the property and for any legal expenses that may be necessary to enforce the terms of the easement.


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.

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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.