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Conservation Easements - preserving farmland, protecting wildlife

There are a couple different kinds of conservation easements, and they make good sense for different situations. But first, what exactly is an easement? In essence, it is a restrictive covenant placed on a piece of land that ensures that the land can only be used for a designated purpose. Restrictive covenants  are perhaps most well known in the context of segregated housing before the civil rights movement – but in terms of agricultural and other forms of conservation easements, it is intended to be a more positive thing.

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