Often people who aren't familiar with conservation easements are a bit skeptical when we mention that our easements last forever.
Forever, as we are often told, it's a very long time.
But that's exactly the point: we're in the forever business. Minnesota Land Trust conservation easements last into perpetuity. Unlike some conservation programs you may hear about - for example, CRPs (Conservation Reserve Programs) - that have an end date, conservation easements last forever.
That's a big responsibility for the Minnesota Land Trust, one that we take seriously. It means that we are particular about the easements we complete. It means that we are rock-solid insistent on visiting every property - nearly 500 - every single year to make sure the conservation values we set out to preserve are still intact.
And it means that we are working tirelessly to ensure that the Minnesota Land Trust is healthy enough to carry the weight of this responsibility long into the future:
- We have the financial resources to steward every conservation easement into perpetuity.
- We have gold-standard systems in place for every step of the easement process, including perpetual monitoring.
- We have the people - staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, landowners, community members and partners - who are all committed to preserving Minnesota's treasured places.
Conservation easements have stood the test of time and have endured legal challenges intact. We're proud to work with hundreds of Minnesotans who use this tool to achieve their conservation goals.