Conservation Easements

The Greater Lovell Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and protection of the Kezar Lake Watershed. A legal document, the conservation easement, is the most commonly used approach to land conservation. It enables landowners who wish to limit development on lands of ecological or scenic importance to preserve and protect those special qualities for all time.

As a landowner of property, an individual holds a collection of rights such as the right to farm and conduct forestry, the right to sell, the right to pass the land to children, the right to control public access, and the right to build upon or subdivide the property. These rights can be envisioned as holding a handful of straws. The conservation easement can be loosely described as the landowner passing certain straws to the land trust to hold in perpetuity. Conserving land in this manner ensures that future generations will continue to enjoy the special places you cherish while protecting the natural and cultural amenities of our community.