Why you should consider a conservation easement and how it benefits the environment
Generally, conservation easements are either sold or donated by a landowner to a qualified conservation organization and constitute a legally binding agreement that may limit or condition certain types of uses or activities from occurring on a property in perpetuity or prevent development from taking place on a property in perpetuity in order to fulfill the conservation purposes of the easement.
Land Acquisition Program, mapping and staff
WAC’s Conservation Easement Program was initially prescribed in the 1997 New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement as part of the Land Acquisition Program (LAP). The LAP seeks to acquire land and conservation easements in the West of Hudson watershed for the purposes of protecting New York City’s drinking water supply.
Agricultural Conservation Easements in the New York City Watershed
WAC’s Conservation Easements are intended “to protect the water quality of the New York City watersheds, and to protect agricultural and forestry lands by limiting the form, location, and density of development and promoting good stewardship by the implementation of Whole Farm Plans.”