A conservation easement permanently restricts certain uses of land in order to protect its conservation values. The Land Trust assumes long-term responsibility for monitoring the property and ensures that the conservation easement terms are observed. However the owner continues to own and manage the land and pay property taxes. The landowner may continue to live on the land and use it in accordance with the agreed upon terms and restrictions. The landowner may sell or pass on the conserved land, which retains the conservation easement.
A conservation easement may be donated to the Salisbury Association, or for exceptional properties, the Salisbury Association may consider the purchase of a conservation easement from a landowner.