Conservation Easements

The Riverside Land Conservancy is increasingly making use of conservation easements as a conservation tool.  A conservation easement (or conservation restriction) is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation value. It allows landowners to continue to own and use their land and to sell it or pass it on to heirs.  Future owners continue to be bound by the easement’s terms.  Currently, RLC holds conservation easements on 801 acres in western Riverside and San Bernardino Counties including a conservation easement on the 150 acre Colton Dehli sands flower-loving fly Conservation Bank.  RLC is in active negotiations to accept an additional 375 acres of conservation easements on sensitive open space and natural habitat areas.