NALT assumes a perpetual responsibility when it accepts a Conservation Easement. Regular monitoring of the conserved property ensures that the terms of the Conservation Easement are upheld, and the integrity of the Conservation Purposes remains intact.
In order to make sure that Conservation Easement terms are honored, a NALT representative will visit each conserved property regularly and complete a written monitoring report with photographic documentation. This report will then be sent via email or letter to the property owner and/or manager.
The monitoring will be completed by employing one or a combination of the following methods:
Boots on the Ground:
The NALT representative will examine the property on foot or by vehicle, tracking his/her route with GPS coordinates. This allows for direct observation of the land and its wildlife. This also provides the monitor the opportunity to meet with the landowner or their property manager in person and answer questions or provide referrals to other land management professionals.
Our partners, LightHawk and SouthWings, provide NALT the opportunity to view conserved lands from the air. This allows for the monitor to see the entirety of a property or to view many properties in proximity. This technique affords a unique perspective on the condition of the conserved lands.
As we strive to stay current with the latest Stewardship-related technologies, NALT is working to get our Drone monitoring off the ground!