Last updated: Wed Oct 22 09:26:17 +0000 2014

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Dr. Laurie Goodrich was honored by her friends and colleagues with a surprise party earlier this month to honor her 30th annive...
Sandy Long Named Artist in Residence

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Boyer’s Nursery preserves 900-acre family farm in Franklin Township

For a long time, the Lower family has dreamed of preserving their “Home Farm” for future generations. The Lowers own Boyer Nurs...

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“In utilizing and conserving the natural resources of the Nation, the one characteristic more essential than any other is foresight.... The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.”
— Theodore Roosevelt (6/10/1907)
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When using a model document, review the associated commentary.  The commentary provides optional and alternative provisions as well as guidance in applying the model to particular circumstances.

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Model Stewardship Funding Covenant and Commentary

Used to secure payment of deferred contributions, private transfer fees and other conservation commitments made by present landowners and to be paid by either them or future owners. The model offers ten basic ways to structure stewardship funding arrangements. (Versions prior to 2012 were titled the Model Conservation Funding Covenant.)

Model Preliminary Agreement Regarding Conservation Easement Donation and Commentary

Used to spell out the terms under which landowners may donate and land trusts may accept a conservation easement. The model helps both land trusts and landowners avoid the costs and pains of misunderstandings in the process of establishing a conservation easement. The model puts into practice the research, analysis and recommendations of the Pledges and Donation Agreement guide. (Versions of the model prior to 2012 were titled the Model Donation Memorandum.) 

Model Mortgage Subordination and Commentary

Used to obtain "subordination" of a mortgage that pre-dates a conservation or trail easement. Subordination is critical for assuring that an easement will survive a bank foreclosure. It is also necessary if the landowner intends to use a donation of an easement for federal tax deduction purposes.

Model Water Quality Improvement Easement and Commentary

Secures long-term access through and to property for the purpose of remediating the effects of abandoned mine drainage.


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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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