Conservation easements are intended to last — to endure and protect important resources, no matter people’s whims through the years. However, understandings of how best to meet conservation objectives change; the world changes. When considering an adjustment to an easement's conservation objectives or a modification of the administrative terms set forth to achieve those objectives, an easement holder should be prepared to make ethical, legal, sound and practical decisions.
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The holder of a conservation easement must monitor the eased property to confirm compliance with conservation restrictions and, when necessary, take action to uphold the conservation objectives of the easement. These and other stewardship activities result in costs, year in and year out, to the holder.
This guide focuses on sustainable land management, which devotes more attention to the natural resources in the design of different land uses, and enhances the livability of our communities.
GPS (the Global Positioning System) can be used freely by anyone almost anywhere near the earth. GPS enables users to record the location of structures, easement boundaries, where a photograph is taken, and other geographic information useful to conservation. Users can then import this information into computer mapping programs.
Invasive species management programs help minimize the impact of invasive species on natural lands and encourage the health of native plants and wildlife.
Park and open space lands are not automatically exempted from real estate taxes. If tax exemption is desired for a parcel, the charitable organization or local government must apply for exemption for that specific parcel. Exemption for one parcel does not guarantee exemption for others owned by the same entity.
Pennsylvania’s Recreational Use of Land and Water Act limits the liability, resulting from personal injury or property damage, of landowners who make their land available to the public for recreation free of charge.
Public access to property for recreational uses – such as hiking, bird watching, fishing and hunting – raises concern about the possibility of liability on account of injury to a recreational user. Pennsylvania law provides some protection from liability associated with public use of property for recreational purposes. Also there are practical steps that can be taken to minimize risk of liability.
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