CPC accepts donations of a conservation easement for properties that meet our objectives to preserve and steward places in their natural condition, for the benefit of human and ecological communities, and in the advancement of our regional landscape. Frequently, we have arranged purchases or easements at a bargain sale price, or market value for high priority properties. Most of CPC’s acquisition projects resulted in the transfer to qualified state agencies, including DCNR, which oversees state forests and parks, the PA Game Commission, which manages Game Lands, or the PA Fish and Boat Commission.
When CPC agrees to protect a property with a conservation easement, we take on the perpetual obligation to protect the property. At least once a year we monitor each property to ensure that the terms of the conservation easement are being followed. We also meet with landowners to answer questions or concerns, meet with other stakeholders related to compliance with the easement, and meet with potential buyers of conserved properties to explain the conservation easement conditions. CPC’s conservation easements are not written with the intent of placing a “bubble” around the protected properties. Instead, they are designed to protect a property’s conservation values to ensure that it’s available to produce the water, food, timber, and amenities that we all depend on.
If you are interested in discussing conservation options for your property, please email Benjamin Mummert, CPC’s Director of Land Protection and Stewardship.