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.