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Model Trail and Fishing Access Easements

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 the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association also provides model conservation easements and other model documents  in support of conservation projects.

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

Model Trail Easement Agreement, 3rd edition

Secures public access for hiking, biking and other trail uses while respecting the needs of the landowners providing the access. Used widely in and outside of Pennsylvania.

Model Grant of Trail Easement (short form)

The Model Grant of Trail Easement is brief -- one page (exclusive of signatures) as compared to nearly five for the Model Trail Easement Agreement. The Grant of Trail Easement is provided in recognition that brevity is sometimes the paramount concern of landowners. If establishing certainty as to landowner and holder rights and responsibilities and other trail matters is of significant concern, the Trail Easement Agreement is the better choice.

Model Grant of Fishing & Boating Access Easement

Secures public access to waterways for fishing and boating while respecting the needs of the landowners providing the access.

Model Fishing Access Agreement

A hybrid document for providing both public access and resource protection. Ensures responsible fishing opportunities for the public and conservation of riparian areas while keeping a property in the control of the landowner.


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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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