Last updated: Sat May 23 05:28:17 +0000 2015

Land Trust & Borough Celebrate Closing on Sewickley Heights Park Expansion

On May 27, Allegheny Land Trust and Sewickley Heights Borough will hold a joint celebration to unveil a 58-acre property in Sew...
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Acquires More Than 17,000 Acres of Forestland in McKean County Largest land acquisition in the organization’s history

More than 17,000 acres of forestland and waterways in McKean County are now permanently conserved as intact working forest and ...
Girl Scouts Preserves 762 Acres of Camp for Future Generations

“I am thrilled that Camp Small Valley has been preserved so that generations of girls will be able to experience the fun and ch...
Forester Bob Webber – Another legend passes on

Ever hike the Bob Webber Trail ?  Remember the hiking staffs near the trailhead? Bob provided them for your convenience.  That ...
Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants

In the fall of 2015, the volunteer training program of Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Berks Conservancy to p...

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Model Grants of Conservation Easement

When using a model easement, please review the associated commentary!  The commentary provides optional and alternative easement provisions as well as guidance in applying the model to particular circumstances.

Note that in addition to model grants of conservation easement, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association provides:

Contact PALTA to submit suggestions regarding the models. And please consider submitting a testimonial.

Model Grant of Conservation Easement, 6th edition

The model is the standard of choice for most land trusts, local governments and landowners in Pennsylvania and is used by many conservationists outside of PA. Now in its 6th edition, the model is continuously tested and regularly reviewed for potential improvement. 

  • Model 10/10/2011)   WORD
  • Commentary (10/10/2011)   WORD
  • Compare 6th and 5th editions of Model   PDF 
  • Compare 6th and 5th editions of Commentary   PDF  
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Model Grant of Conservation Easement for Riparian Buffer Protection (Riparian Buffer Protection Agreement), 2nd edition

This model grant of conservation easement is specifically designed for riparian buffer protection projects. The model applies a single set of conservation objectives and restrictions to the area to be conserved. (PALTA's Model Grant of Conservation Easement, in contrast, enables users to set different conservation objectives and restriction for different areas of a property.)


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The people of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association envision a prosperous Pennsylvania, where communities know that their treasured green places will endure. We envision a Commonwealth where the lands that guarantee our water quality are safeguarded; where every child can safely play at a nearby park; where our productive farmland and forests are protected, securing our food and timber supply; and where wild places are preserved for wildlife and people.

Thank you to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for supporting the Association’s conservation efforts.

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