Wetlands and Conservation Easements
If you read closely through your conservation easement, you’ll likely run across several references to wetlands. They are often listed as a “conservation value” of the property. In the Prohibited Uses Section, most easements state that “natural water courses, lakes, wetlands, and other bodies of water may not be altered.” In the Permitted Uses Section, there is often language stating something like “the owner is required to obtain Federal, State, or Local permits that might be mandatory for activities in wetlands” (a permit is required for dredging, draining, filling, or construction activities in wetlands hydrologically connected to a Great Lake, inland lake, or stream). Our 2009 conservation easement newsletter has information on wetlands, how to identify them, and ways to protect them. See the 2011 issue about protecting waterways too!
Learn about vernal pools (a seasonal wetland) and help LTC identify them on LTC nature preserves! Click here!