Once a conservation easement is in place, one of MLR’s seasonal land stewards is assigned to visit the property every year to fulfill MLR’s annual monitoring obligations.

MLR is not in the day-to-day management business. The easement limits only the broad parameters of land use, such as subdivision, commercial development, dumping, and surface mining, and landowners continue to make all their property management decisions.

Annual monitoring visits foster good communication with the landowner and provide an opportunity for staff and the natural resources experts on the stewardship team to answer questions about the property or respond to concerns.

In many ways, the conservation easement is a working partnership for the land. Mutual respect and clear understanding of easement terms help avoid potential conflicts.