Conservation Easement

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A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement that restricts the use or development of land in perpetuity. The process is voluntary; property owners opt to donate or sell certain rights to their land (ex: right to develop) in order to protect ecologically important resources while still maintaining ownership. A private organization or public agency ensures that the conservation easement is maintained. [1] [2]. In California, the only groups that can obtain and keep conservation easements are California Native American tribes, non-profit organizations, and local, state and federal governments.[3] The creation or transferrance of a conservation easement needs to be documented at the county recorder's office in the county the easement will be located in.[4]



  1. The Nature Conservancy explains conservation easements
  2. Big Sur Land Trust conservation easements webpage
  3. C.A. Civil Code. Stats 1988, Div 2, Part 2, Ch 4, Sec 815.3.[Cited on 11 April 2017]
  4. C.A. Civil Code. Stats 1988, Div 2, Part 2, Ch 4, Sec 815.5. [Cited on 11 April 2017].


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