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.  . 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. 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.
- Big Sur Land Trust
- The Nature Conservancy
- Santa Lucia Conservancy
- Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement (Carmel River FREE) Project
- Wildlife Connectivity in California's Central Coast Region
- The Nature Conservancy explains conservation easements
- Big Sur Land Trust conservation easements webpage
- C.A. Civil Code. Stats 1988, Div 2, Part 2, Ch 4, Sec 815.3.[Cited on 11 April 2017]
- C.A. Civil Code. Stats 1988, Div 2, Part 2, Ch 4, Sec 815.5. [Cited on 11 April 2017].
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