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“Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, lands and minerals, for the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest time.”
— Governor Gifford Pinchot
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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  
  • Link to Library Item

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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