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WPC Protects Land Along French Creek

 The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has permanently protected 66 acres in Rockdale Township, Crawford County, the Conservancy...
John F. Logue Conservation Easement Completed

December 16, 2014 – Another 109.5 acres in Lycoming County’s Cascade Township were conserved through the on-going support of ou...
Local Landowners Choose Preservation over Development

This fall two local landowners rejected plans they had made to subdivide their land into a housing development—choosing instead...
Hawk Mountain publishes new book Hawk Mountain: A Conservation Success Story arrives November 29

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will cap its 80th anniversary year with a new publication: Hawk Mountain: A Conservation Success Story,...
Women and Their Woods Initiative Receives Environmental Partnership Award

UPPER DELAWARE REGION, PA and NY— On Thursday, October 30th, the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners awarded their tw...

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“Conservation is a choice for a rich human future, a way of life that sustains and builds the natural wealth that underpins our economic and social systems.”
— A. Loza
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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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