Winnipesaukee Environmental & Community Action Network

Land Conservation

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Statewide
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Land conservation has several meanings, depending on the context. Land conservation is the process of protecting natural land and returning developed land to its natural state. Due to the fact that some land has only had minor disturbances and other land has been completely destroyed, a variety of techniques are needed to carry out land conservation. Some of the most common techniques include preservation, restoration, remediation, and mitigation. In general, we tend to think of land conservation in terms of preservation. Land conservation through easements and trusts allows landowners to preserve sections of their land for conservation purposes. Certain rights are given up with a legal easement or trust, such as the right to develop the property later. Future owners, or heirs to the trust, are bound by the same legalities.
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