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Model Conservation Easements

The Model Grant of Conservation Easement and Declaration of Covenants with Commentary provides users with a state-of-the-art legal document, refreshed every few years in response to user feedback and new findings in the field of conservation. Now in its seventh edition, no easement document in the nation has benefited from more cycles of peer review. The model's expansive commentary explains the reasoning behind every provision and provides many alternative and optional provisions to help users address a wide variety of circumstances and preferences. The library includes a quick start guide to introduce new users to the model.

The Model Riparian Buffer Protection Agreement and Commentary provides users with a model grant of conservation easement tailored specifically for the protection of a riparian buffer along a waterway. It shares a development platform with the Model Grant of Conservation Easement.

If public access is a goal of a conservation project, the models pair easily with the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association's model trail and fishing access easements. (Alternatively, the model conservation easement documents include optional provisions for combining conservation and public access objectives in a single document.)