What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is the act of caring for the land and its resources. It is accomplished by the landowner and supported through a partnership with NALT. Together, we have a shared responsibility to protect the land for generations to come in perpetuity.
Once a conservation easement is established, a partnership has been forged that will involve the landowner, their successors and NALT to ensure that the land remains protected. The landowner is responsible for all the day to day management, and enjoys all the rights of ownership that have not been extinguished by the Conservation Easement. NALT is responsible for regular monitoring of the property to confirm that the provisions of the easement are honored in perpetuity. It is important to remember that NALT must be contacted when the owner plans to exercise certain reserved rights as described in the easement.
The landowner and NALT share a commitment to ensuring that the conservation values of the land will continue to be protected. Stewardship objectives reflect the unique components of each property, including the owner’s goals and the land’s features. We are available to assist with property management questions, or to provide referral to other resource management experts.
Should a landowner wish to manage their property to enhance its conservation values, beyond simple compliance with the Conservation Easement, NALT offers its professional services to create a Conservation Management Plan unique to the land. Designed to address long range enhancement of the property, the plan includes both short-term and long-term strategies to achieve a landowner’s goals.
NALT values the relationship with both the land and the landowner, and we look forward to developing a relationship with you. For more information, please contact our Stewardship Director.