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Cultural Resource Protection for Private Landowners - Easements, What to Include

Weeden Pattern
Conservation Easements

What should a conservation easement include?

Most easements are crafted so that the easement holder has final approval over any changes made by the owner that may affect the protected area.   

Conservation easements protecting cultural resources should include:

  • An introduction explaining the reason for creating the easements;
  • A section explaining the historic importance of the property;
  • A description of the intentions of both the donor and holder of the easement;
  • A precise legal description of the land and accompanying photographic documentation.
  • A series of regulations and protective measures as well as a description of the affected parts of the property;
  • An explanation of site monitoring;
  • A clause concerning potential default on a mortgage;
  • A clause providing enforcement of the easement by its holders.