Conservation Easements: Protect Your Land for Future Generations
Since coming of age in the 1980s, the land trust community has grown exponentially nationwide. As of 2015, the combined efforts of local, statewide, and national land trusts had conserved more than 56 million acres.
One of the drivers of these easements is the rapid development and urbanization of rural areas. Conservation easements can help farmers continue to farm while withstanding the financial pressure of urban growth and maintaining the quality of life in communities. Of the 55 counties in West Virginia 14 of them have conservation easements totaling 164 easements as of 2014. The Eastern Panhandle Counties (Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan) have a total of 96 easements or 59% of the easements in the state. The Land Trust holds or co-holds 49 of them, covering 4,800 acres.