Conservation Easements

Map of Knapco conservation easement in Bladen County

So as I have mentioned in the past fall brings not only cooler temperatures and different colors but for us it means working out in the field.  Monitoring; checking in with our easement landowners and making sure that all is well at the easement.

Hutcheson Baldwin easement in Columbus County

A conservation easement is a tool that we use to ensure significant natural land remains protected without having to purchase the property outright.  The landowner retains ownership with caveats that restrict any development or disturbance of the vegetation.  The easement is written in perpetuity, no matter who owns the property.  It’s a binding contract that is registered as a deed and can’t be broken.  If the landowner wants to sell his land the conservation easement has to be transferred with the land and remains bound by the contract.

Wells Railroad easement in Columbus County

Maintaining good relationships with the easement landowner is one of the most important aspects of the conservation easement monitoring process.  Here in the Southeast Coastal Plain landscape we have 14 conservation easements.  Some of the easements are small, some are very large.  Some have buildings and some are vacant land.  All of them require a yearly visit and report to ensure that the landowner is following the terms of the easement.

Camp Pretty Pond easement in Brunswick County

Having conservation easements in our land portfolio is a creative and collaborative way to ensure that ecologically significant lands remain natural parts of the landscape; protecting nature one tree at time!

About secpnc

My name is Sara Babin and I am the Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy Southeast Coastal Plain program in Wilmington, NC. Our office is responsable for the maintenance and restoration of 35,000 acres of preserve land owned by The Nature Conservancy. We protect the land for ecologically significant species in hopes to ensure a lasting natural history legacy for future generations to enjoy. This blog will highlight our most exciting activities and events with much of the focus being on our controlled burn program. With this blog we hope to share the ins and outs of what we do and how it is bettering the world for plants, animals, and people.
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