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Sandy Long Named Artist in Residence

Shenandoah National Park announced Pennsylvania-based photographer Sandy Long as the artist selected for the Park’s inaug...
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...
Family to Forestland

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taugh...
Property Once Slated for Development Now a Refuge

Natural Lands Trust’s Green Hills Preserve now open to the public Natural Lands Trust today announced that its 168-acres nature...
11 Easy Ways to Support Adams County Farmers—and Why You Should

by Chris Little, Communications Director at the Land Conservancy of Adams County. Drive out of Gettysburg in any direction and ...

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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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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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