P1100540Stewardship is the oversight of a conservation easement property, with the goal of ensuring that the terms of the conservation easement are upheld and that the resources are protected as the donor of the conservation easement intended.

For a new conservation easement, DLC prepares a “Baseline Documentation Report” that documents the condition of the property at the time of the recording of the conservation easement. The Baseline Documentation includes photos, maps and a written analysis, which provide a record of the property that can be used to monitor changes to the land over time.

After a conservation easement is filed, DLC has the legal obligation to monitor and enforce the conservation easement in perpetuity. This is a long-term obligation and DLC works to maintain good relationships with conservation easement landowners to ensure that there is open communication and that we are working as conservation partners.

To meet our stewardship responsibilities, DLC provides notice to all conservation easement landowners and conducts aerial monitoring of the conservation easement properties in the winter when the leaves are off the trees and the properties are more visible. Additionally, once every three years on a rotating basis, we ground monitor all conservation easement properties. Notice is given to landowners and they are welcome to meet with DLC’s easement monitors at their convenience and walk the property together.

DLC also tracks changes in land ownership, maintains conservation easement records, and works with owners of conserved land to answer any questions they may have regarding the terms of their conservation easements.

If you are interested in learning more about DLC’s stewardship program, please contact us at (845) 677-3002.

This information does not constitute legal or tax advice and DLC strongly recommends that you discuss your land conservation options with legal and tax professionals.