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). Click here for more information.