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How are conservation easements enforced?

Author: Stephanie Wiegand | 06/20/16

When a conservation easement is created, a representative from Jefferson Land Trust, working with the landowner, takes photos of the property and conducts plant and wildlife inventories to provide a baseline for future monitoring. A Land Trust representative then makes annual visits to ensure the terms and conditions of the conservation easement are being complied with.

If a violation is identified, the landowner is promptly notified (in accordance with procedures outlined in the conservation easement) and steps must be taken to repair any damage. The easement outlines the process to be followed if there is a dispute regarding the alleged violation. If necessary, the Land Trust will take legal action to fulfill its obligations under the conservation easement.