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Conservation Easements

If you are interested in protecting your land with a conservation easement contact Executive Director, Logan Heley: or by phone at (816) 316-6071

Questions and Answers on Conservation Easements provided by Kansas Land Trust, 16 East 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044, (785) 749-3297,, January 2014. To download this as a PDF, click here.

What is a conservation easement?

A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization, such as the Kansas Land Trust, that allows a landowner to limit the type or amount of development on their property while retaining private ownership and many uses of the land. The Kansas Land Trust accepts the easement with the understanding that it must enforce the terms of the easement. After the easement is signed, it is recorded in the county land records. The terms of the conservation easement apply to all future owners of the land. Other area land trusts include Heartland Conservation Alliance, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Platte Land Trust, and the Watershed Land Trust.

  • Who should participate?
    We welcome community members, officials, teachers, local business owners and anyone else who wants to learn and have a voice in conservation! Our program is designed so students and adults can learn together. Anyone 14 years or older is welcome; younger participants must be accompanied by a family member 14 years or older. We encourage those who are interested to contact Sarah at for more information.
  • Does it cost anything?
    NO! Our program is free and will always be free. We are thankful for our sponsors and funders that help us provide this program to you at no cost. You will receive a small stipend at the end of the program because of the generous support of our partners.
  • What if I want to participate, but don't like all of the things that come with being out in nature?"
    It starts with learning about yourself and seeing how you fit in with the environment. It won't take long for you to be naturally drawn to the outdoors. This program will be a great start for you to learn more about nature and all the benefits it provides to you and your community (e.g. clean air, water, a place to recreate, a place to relax and habitat for wildlife).
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