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How We Protect Land

Through gifts, purchases, and voluntary agreements with landowners, the Preserve protects land that is important for ecological and cultural reasons. In general, land that we protect shares a common boundary with the Preserve, is easy to see from the Preserve, or could become integrated into the Preserve in the future. 

The two primary tools we use for land protection are land acquisition and conservation easements. 

Land Acquisition – We work with interested landowners to protect their property through donation or sale of land to the Preserve. This transfers ownership of property to the Preserve, and this land is then integrated into our management plans and is opened to the public for recreation. 

Conservation Easements – Some landowners want to continue to own their property while putting permanent protections in place. A conservation easement can be the right tool for these owners. According to the Land Trust Alliance, a conservation easement is “a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits the uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values.” Conservation easements allow landowners to retain many rights of ownership including the right to sell their property or pass it to heirs. 

To learn more about land protection options or discuss a property that you wish to protect, please contact Ed Pestone, Land Protection and GIS Manager, at, 845-255-0919 x1236.

Banner photo by Tom Weiner