Baltimore County has over 62,000 acres under conservation easement and is a leader nationally in land preservation efforts. A conservation easement is a legal document that is recorded and attached to the property deed that places certain restrictions and conditions on the land. The land remains in private ownership. Depending on the easement program chosen, an easement can either be donated or sold. A government agency or non-profit land trust (or sometimes both) agree to hold the easement. Terms of easements are customized to meet various objectives, but they always provide some meaningful conservation benefits to the broader community. A conservation easement runs with the land, meaning it applies to all future owners of the property. There can be significant financial benefits to the property owner choosing to place a property under permanent conservation easement, in addition to the satisfaction of knowing the land and resources will be protected in perpetuity.
VPC staff can answer general questions about easement options. Detailed inquiries should go to Ann Jones with Baltimore County Land Trusts. She can be reached at 443-690-8420 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a detailed map of easements, click here
Visit Baltimore County’s “Facts About Land Preservation” for additional information about preservation easements.