A Conservation Easement (CE) provides a time-honored and legal way for families to preserve their lands. It assures landowners that their wishes for preservation of their property will be honored forever.
- Landowners continue to own their home and land — and live there. They can also mortgage the property, lease it, sell it, or pass it on to their heirs.
- A conservation easement is a legal document — an agreement between the landowner and the land trust that accepts it. It is a deed restriction that permanently limits a property’s future uses.
- Each CE document is individually drafted to meet the personal needs of the landowner.
- The CE is donated or transferred in a bargain sale to Cardinal which in turn agrees to monitor the land to assure that the conditions of the easement are met over time.
- The CE is recorded in the County Recorder’s office, and becomes part of the property’s title.
- Future owners of the property are bound by the CE’s terms.
Please get in touch with us if you are interested in applying for funding to purchase a conservation easement on your land, or if you would like more information about donating a conservation easement.