“It’s really about stewardship. It’s about taking your rewards from more than money… Seems to me the beauty of Alaska should inspire folks to make their best effort when they add their signature to the land.”
– Shelley Gill, conservation easement donor
A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and Kachemak Heritage Land Trust that restricts certain types of development or uses to preserve the conservation values of the property. Landowners grant conservation easements to protect their land from incompatible development while retaining ownership and use of the property.
The terms of each easement are tailored to the particular property and the individual owner’s wishes. Specific prohibited uses and reserved rights are detailed in the easement document, and the landowner conveys to Kachemak Heritage Land Trust the responsibility to monitor and enforce the easement’s terms. The conservation easement is binding on all future owners of the property. Easement provisions address issues such as subdivision, construction, or timber harvest, for example. An easement restricts development only to the degree necessary to protect significant conservation values of the property.
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is obligated to ensure that its land protection programs result in real public benefit and that the land protection responsibilities assumed in perpetuity can be carried out. Property accepted by KHLT must meet specific evaluation and selection criteria.
If you are interested in placing a conservation easement on your land, please contact our Conservation Director.