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Stewardship and Monitoring

Perpetual Stewardship

When you reach a conservation easement agreement with SALT, we become fellow stewards and guardians of the property under easement. We take this stewardship commitment very seriously, and much of our organization is focused around monitoring and defending our easements and preserves. Conservation easements are permanent agreements, which means we hold the responsibility for monitoring and defending the terms of the easement forever. This is a costly business, so in most cases we require landowners who donate easements to concurrently donate a stewardship endowment - a one-time donation that will cover the costs of monitoring and defending the easement. The amount of the endowment is calculated based on the size of the property, its driving distance from our office, and other factors.

Monitoring your Easement

SALT staff schedule a regular monitoring visit for all of our easements at least yearly. In the easement agreement, we retain the right to inspect the property at any time, however we are required to give you reasonable notice before we do so. In practice, SALT staff try and schedule a time to walk the property with the landowner. This gives us a chance to answer any questions and clear up any issues that might come about.