After signing a conservation easement, ESLT and the landowner begin a working partnership to ensure that the terms of the conservation easement are upheld.
The landowner retains all rights of property ownership not restricted by the conservation easement. ESLT has no ownership in the property, nor any right or responsibility to manage the land or pay its taxes.
Once a conservation easement is granted, ESLT assumes responsibility for enforcing its terms. This includes annual monitoring visits to the property by a member of ESLT’s land stewardship staff, which is only done after confirming an appropriate time and date with the landowner. Additionally, before undertaking any land use activity that may interfere with the conservation values protected by the easement, the landowner must give ESLT proper notice and/or receive ESLT’s approval first.
After an easement is granted, our staff is always available for consultation on land management practices. We can assist you in planning your short- or long-term property stewardship goals and provide information and resources on a wide array of land management issues.
In rare instances, ESLT is able to secure funding to complete important wildlife habitat restoration projects on a property that is under conservation easement. This would only be completed with the permission of the landowner, and he or she would be a leading partner on any such project. For an example of this, we encourage you to read about our ongoing restoration work at Benton Hot Springs Ranch.