Children at Mashomack Preserve Country Luncheon 2009

The most popular and widely used tool for protecting private land across the United States is the Conservation Easement. Thanks to the foresight, care and generosity of our local landowners, communities and government agencies, working together we have protected more than 44,245 important acres.


DLC is widely recognized on a national, state and regional basis for creating customized land protection plans which ensure that each property’s special scenic, rural and natural features remain intact to provide a public benefit while meeting the needs of landowners.

In fact, we were recognized by the Land Trust Alliance Northeast Office as one of the top three easement-acquirers in New York State, acquiring easements at a rate far surpassing other organizations in the state.

The conservation easement is a very useful tool that serves not only to protect land but also to help keep it in private ownership.  An easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and DLC that limits the amount and location of future development on a property, forever.  Lands protected by these agreements safeguard many important resources such as agricultural soils, wildlife habitats, wetlands, forest lands and scenic views.

Map of Protected Lands