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Conservation Easements

Eastern Parkland County Conservation Easement

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• 100 acres
• Mixedwood forest
• Wetlands

 

What is a Conservation Easement?

A Conservation Easement conserves land by placing a protective notation on Title, to protect its conservation values and to restrict various types of activity, such as subdivision, development, tree-cutting, and wetland-draining. A Conservation Easement is always desired by the landowner, and is specifically designed to meet their needs as well as conservation needs. It allows the landowner to retain ownership, but ensures that the land will stay conserved after it is sold, donated or inherited.

Some people with Conservation Easements either still live on the land, so don’t wish visitors there, or wish its location to remain private for various reasons. This means that while the landowner and EALT uphold the conservation values, the general public have no or limited visitation. However, this arrangement still ensures that the land plays an important role in conserving the landscape for wildlife, biodiversity, connectivity, or other public benefits.

 

Eastern Parkland County Conservation Easement

EALT has a Conservation Easement on 100 acres of a mainly mixedwoods forested area. This precious area is part of one of Parkland County’s Ecologically Significant Areas, and part of the geologically significant Devon Dunes, a post-glacial dune field area with permeable sandy surface soils. It is a relatively undisturbed complex of wetlands and upland dunes, with habitat for waterfowl and wetland birds, and is part of a sensitive groundwater recharge area.

It is almost entirely forested, with patches of white spruce, Jack pine and tamarack nestled inside the mixed woods of the property. Some of these spruce trees are around 100 years old, making this old growth forest excellent habitat for birds, mammals and other wildlife. Understorey species throughout the conservation lands include raspberry, rose, honeysuckle and buffaloberry.

Wildlife found there include moose, deer, great blue heron, great horned owl, Cooper’s hawks, ruffed grouse, yellow bellied sapsucker, muskrat, and several songbirds including red-eyed vireos, and black-capped chickadees.

The land is part of a much larger area of contiguous habitat, and has an important corridor effect. 

The Conservation Easement will be managed by the landowner as a natural area; EALT, which has now developed an inventory of habitats and species, will be monitoring these lands to ensure that the conservation values, which are shared by the current landowner, are upheld forever.

“My family has lived on and cared for this unique and exceptionally beautiful piece of land for over 50 years, and as a result it has become very special to us. It is rare to find a piece of the parkland ecosystem that has never been cleared or developed in any way. We decided to put a conservation easement on this property because if at some point down the line we had to sell it, we would have the assurance and deep comfort of knowing that it will remain largely as is forever.

We chose the EALT because of their reputation for being ethical, flexible, and trustworthy. Together we created an easement agreement that satisfied both parties and ensured that this special piece of land will be protected in perpetuity.”
— Anonymous Land Donor

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