Conservation Easements

Conservation easements are forever. Since the early 1970s, the Forest Society has used conservation easements to protect 130,000 acres of important forest lands, water resources, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat and agricultural resources.

The Forest Society has a dedicated easement stewardship Defense Fund and a separate dedicated easement Stewardship Endowment to cover the ongoing, long-term costs associated with monitoring and managing our portfolio of conservation easements. 

An Executory Interest is a secondary or “back-up” easement holder of the easement in the land held by another conservation organization. The executory interest holder ensures that

Easement Stewardship Staff at the Forest Society
Easement Stewardship Staff (L to R): Abraham Ames, Connie Colton, Emily Land

Garland Pond in Moultonborough, photo taken by Karen Foster


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 130,000 acres of important forest lands, water resources, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat and agricultural resources.