Baseline documentation consists of a collection of mapping, plans, photographs and reports documenting the condition of land at the time of the Conservation Easement gift. Collection begins well before the Conservation Easement is donated, and is best scheduled for the spring growing season. The purpose of the Baseline Documentation is to create a complete record of the condition of the property at the time of the grant of the easement. This document creates the permanent reference point for determining compliance with the terms of the easement.
NALT collects baseline documentation through onsite observation and the study of the conservation area by its professional staff. We also collaborate with any consultants you may have worked with who can provide useful inputs, such as land surveyors, foresters, botanists or geologists. The creation of the Baseline can be an inclusive and collaborative effort.
NALT assembles Baseline Documentation as it is collected and retains it in permanent files. When the Conservation Easement is complete and ready for execution, the donor will sign both the Conservation Easement and an acknowledgement of the Baseline Documentation which becomes part of the permanent file. Both NALT and the landowner will receive a copy of the final Baseline Documentation Report.