Last month we wrote about common problem areas relating to division, and how no-division clauses can help. Here is why avoiding division is crucial not just for the easement’s habitat, scenic values and wildlife, but for your organization:
- More owners means more chance of management related conflicts.
- Property divisions within a conservation easement increase costs and burdens of extra monitoring and enforcement, including more paperwork.
- Subdivisions increase the number of landowners the land trust is responsible for maintaining relationships with; if a land trust is not able to devote enough resources towards landowner relationships and communications, violation risk increases.
- Studies show that more landowners means more risk of violations generally. This is why Terrafirma will always count parcels with different owners separately.
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