Conservation Easements in a Changing Climate
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER 9-2017
Posted: 22 Jul 2019 Last revised: 29 Mar 2021
Date Written: October 17, 2017
Conservation easements are increasingly being used both for traditional conservation purposes and as a tool for critical climate change mitigation and adaptation. Because land use decisions are generally made at the local level, environmental and conservation stakeholders should consider using easements as a hedge against inactive or regressive federal policy as well as against the stressors from our warming climate. On May 17, 2017, ELI convened a seminar around the book A Changing Landscape: The Conservation Easement Reader (ELI Press, 2016), which excerpts leading articles and reports to illuminate various aspects of conservation easements. This discussion provided valuable information and strategies for maintaining the integrity of conservation easements in perpetuity while creating flexibility to address the dynamic threats of climate change. Below we present a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.
Keywords: conservation easements, climate change, adaptation, mitigation
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