It’s always best to check in with the land trust prior to making major changes to the property. We can work with you to do a quick review of the easement provisions and make sure there are no conflicts with your construction plans and the easement restrictions.
Can I continue to farm on my land?
Keeping land open and available for working farms is one of the main goals of LTV’s easement program. Broadly speaking, agriculture is always permitted on conservation easement properties. The easement itself will be specifically crafted, however, to require things such as best management practices and livestock stream-access limitations. One of the challenges of crafting the language of a conservation easement is to adequately and effectively protect conservation values while also permitting a large variety of uses on each individual property (now and in the future). LTV Stewardship staff will always be happy to answer questions and work with landowners to understand the terms and conditions of the easement and how different types of uses might impact the protected conservation values.