A conservation agreement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits the use of the land in order to protect its conservation values.
Conservation easements place permanent restrictions on division of land. The land covered by the easement will forever be a single parcel. Landowners retain all other aspects of property ownership. Natural and agricultural resources remain intact.
Landowners can donate or sell conservation easements. They can also be considered for use in estate planning.