Conservation Easements

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CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

A conservation easement provides financial compensation (60% of county assessed land value) to landowners in exchange for voluntarily enrolling their property to permanently protect it from future development. Landowners still retain private ownership and can still utilize their property for recreational use and sustainable forest management.

Conservation easements protect the state’s water and soil resources by protecting and restoring native ecosystems, water quality, and wildlife habitat complexes. A conservation easement is a legal agreement with a landowner and the state of Minnesota.

PERSONAL INCENTIVES & PAYMENT

Personal Incentives

  • Legacy protection of land and water

  • Landowner retains full ownership

  • No obligation if you fill out an application

Payment

  • Payment is approximately 60% of the Current county EMV (Estimated Market Value)

  • One-time taxable payment

  • The land remains on local tax rolls

 

PREFERRED EASEMENT CRITERIA

Criteria

  • 300+ft of shoreline

  • 20+ acres

  • Adjoining public land

  • Adjoining conservation easements

Process

  • 12-16 months to complete

  • title or lender details may extend the timeline

  • Applications are ranked according to habitat values, shoreline length, public land adjacency & other professional criteria.

  • All interested landowners should apply by calling 218-828-6197 or email andrew@cwswcd.org or bethany@cwswcd.org

POSSIBLE COST TO LANDOWNER

  • Updating property abstract.  

  • The fees for an abstract update depend on the area you are in and the complexity of the search.

WILD RICE CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

Pine River and Leech Watershed
Conservation Easements

MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS EASEMENTS

LCCMR
EASEMENT
Forestry Plan / BMP Grant
Protecting North Central MN Lakes