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Placing a conservation easement on your land is a personal choice, a decision that takes time and consideration. Landowners enter into this lifetime agreement for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • To secure equity for farm expansion
  • To purchase additional equipment or livestock
  • To improve farm infrastructure
  • To establish an estate planning strategy
  • To support a second family member or next generation farmer with a farm income
  • To leave a legacy for future generations
  • To keep agricultural land affordable for future farmers
  • To pay off debt

Whatever your motivation, we welcome your decision to engage in farmland protection of your property.

When applying for a Watershed Agricultural Council conservation easement, your land must be associated with a current and active Whole Farm Plan. Applicants and their Whole Farm Plans are reviewed during the Application Phase of the Conservation Easement process. If your property does not have a valid Whole Farm Plan, an Easement Program Conservation Planner will assist you in meeting our application requirements for Easement Program consideration.

CONTACT:
Suzie Seymour, Easement Program Assistant
(607) 865-7790, ext. 100
E-mail: sjseymour@nycwatershed.org