Protecting and Conserving Land

Land Protection – Ways to Protect and Conserve Land

How can I own my land and protect it at the same time?

That is the purpose of a Conservation Restriction: to preserve the land as open space in perpetuity. It is a valuable tool for both land trusts and landowners who wish to be certain that their acres remain undeveloped. The owner is assured that the land will be protected forever – but that the land owner can continue to use it for agriculture, forestry, wildlife habitat, and passive recreation. The holder of the CR (a land trust or comparable organization) agrees to monitor the use of the land to insure that the original intent of owner is honored. While each CR is slightly different because of the differences in land and in the needs of the owners, all are reviewed and approved by both local and state government officials to insure that the final Conservation Restriction deed is in the best interest of the owner, the holder of the CR, and the public. Land trusts, including RGT, also hold Conservation Restrictions on publicly-owned land so town residents can be assured the land will continue to be protected for conservation.

How else can land be permanently protected?

Land can be given or sold to an land trust (or comparable organization) with written assurance that it will be protected from development in perpetuity. Such a decision relieves the landowner of the burden of management while assuring the continued protection of the property. The land trust is then responsible for managing the land based on the unique needs of the property.

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