Conservation Easements

Conservation EasementsShumways

Land is conserved for many individual reasons, but the big takeaway is this: the landowner wants to keep a treasured property intact for future generations to enjoy. We hold easements on private land with no public access as well as Town-owned land that’s already open for recreational use.

When you donate a conservation easement to a land trust, you agree to give up some of the rights associated with the land. For example, you might give up the right to build additional structures, while retaining the right to harvest trees or grow crops. Future owners also will be bound by the easement’s terms. The land trust is responsible for making sure the easement’s terms are followed on a long-term basis. Want to learn more about the process of conserving land?

The Hanover Conservancy holds a conservation easement on the following properties, thanks to the generosity of forward-thinking landowners:

McKinley Tract

Mill Pond Forest & Huggins Trail Access

Moister Meadow

Rinker-Steele Natural Area

Shumway Forest


Conservation in Progress

In May 2010, the Town of Hanover voted to place a conservation easement on the King Bird Sanctuary at Hayes Farm Park, to be held by the Hanover Conservancy. We look forward to moving towards that goal in partnership with the Town. In the meantime, this beautiful property is open to the public and is overseen by a stewardship committee within the Hanover Conservation Commission. Learn more about the history of this parcel and its conservation values in Article 17 from the May 2010 Town Meeting.

In 2018, we are working with our Town partner, the Hanover Conservation Commission, to permanently protect the South Esker, a 14-acre forest on the Connecticut River at Hanover’s southwest corner.  The Town has owned the land since 1971, when we helped purchase the parcel. Towering forests laced with trails offer a cool summer retreat near the river, in a place marked by the passage of the glacier.