There are various ways of protecting land. The majority of landowners choose to protect their land through the use of conservation easements. A conservation easement is a written agreement between a landowner and conservation agency, or land trust, which ensures that a property will not be developed beyond an agreed upon limit, or perhaps not at all. The land remains in private ownership while the Lower Shore Land Trust assures that the terms of the agreement are forever.
Conservation easements can be tailored to the needs and desires of a property owner to control the future use, appearance and character of the land. Landowners can continue to farm, harvest timber, and hunt, as well as reserve building rights for future use. The Lower Shore Land Trust offers individual landowners planning assistance as they consider the use of a conservation easement or other land conservation techniques.