Conservation Easement Defense

Conservation Defense Insurance

2008
Organizations/Sources: Land Trust Alliance
The goal of the Conservation Defense Insurance is to create favorable case law, avoid unfavorable case law, defend and enforce conservation easements, protect fee-owned land, encourage practices that will help prevent violations and unnecessary litigation, support good practices, and provide the confidence and capability to uphold conservation obligations forever.
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Apr 04, 2011
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Conservation Easements in Court: A Review of Easement Violation and Enforcement Litigation in Pennsylvania

2024
A review of Pennsylvania judicial decisions reveals that conservation easement holders and the conservation values they uphold prevail when a dispute leads to litigation. Courts respect the text of easement documents and their conservation purposes. This guide reviews eleven cases where the interpretation or enforcement of a conservation easement was at the center of litigation. WeConservePA guide. 12 pages.
Last Modified
Jan 03, 2024
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Exploring Conservation Defense Insurance: Summary of Draft Terms & Conditions

2009
Organizations/Sources: Land Trust Alliance
fact sheet on specific proposed terms and conditions of LTA's conservation defense insurance program
Last Modified
Aug 21, 2018
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Highlights from Terrafirma Aggregate Data

2011
Key takeaways from Terrafirma easement defense data between 2000 and 2011.
Last Modified
Jan 08, 2020
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Land Trust Defense and Enforcement of Conserved Areas

2010
Achieving conservation goals in protected areas hinges on continual monitoring, enforcement, and legal defense. A national survey of land trust legal defense of conserved areas showed half of land trusts reported a legal challenge, and one-quarter of those land trusts were hindered by financial barriers in pursuing a legal challenge. Interviews with land trust staff revealed the necessary conditions for pursuing legal defense, including organizational capacity, community support, and persuasive property claims, as well as the importance of stewardship endowments and the need for greater land trust capacity and accountability.
Last Modified
Oct 29, 2015
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The Durability of Conservation Easements

2022
Authors: Andrew M. Loza
Landowners grant conservation easements to conservation organizations (“land trusts”) in perpetuity. The conservation objectives of the easement and the associated restrictions on how land can be used are intended to be permanent. Land trusts and their allies across the nation go to great lengths to ensure this permanence. 2 pages. [Print version of WeConservePA guide]
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Feb 14, 2022
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Who Has Standing? Conservation Easements in Pennsylvania Courts

2024
Who can assert claims and be heard in Pennsylvania’s courts if a dispute heats up over the management of a conservation easement? WeConservePA guide. 6 pages.
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Jan 30, 2024
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Who May Get Involved in Conservation Easement Management Matters? A Consideration for Amendment of Pre-June 2001 Easements

2021
Authors: Andrew M. Loza
Occasionally a land trust will seek to amend a conservation easement. More often, the owners of land subject to an easement will ask for an amendment. In any case, the issue of who can insert themselves into easement management matters can be compelling reason for the parties to agree to an amendment if the easement was created in Pennsylvania prior to June 22, 2001. WeConservePA guide. 2 pages.
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Oct 28, 2021
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