Conservation Easements

 This map shows Conservation Easements and Public lands in the Ruby Watershed.

Conservation  Easements create a legally enforceable land preservation agreement between a landowner and a government agency (municipality, county, state, federal) or a qualified land protection organization (often called a “land trust“), for the purposes of conservation. It restricts real estate development, commercial and industrial uses, and  certain other activities on a property to a mutually agreed upon level. The property remains the private property of the landowner.

Conservation Easements help preserve and protect property value and our rural way of life.  For more information on Conservation Easements, contact Trisha Cracroft, NRCS District Conservationist to get started.

You may also want to check on some Non-government organizations that help with conservation easements including The Montana Land Reliance and The Nature Conservancy