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Reconciling Development and Natural Beauty: The Promise and Dilemma of Conservation Easements

  title={Reconciling Development and Natural Beauty: The Promise and Dilemma of Conservation Easements},
  author={Zachary Bray},
  journal={Environmental Law \& Policy eJournal},
  • Zachary Bray
  • Published 2010
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Law & Policy eJournal
Local and regional private land trusts are among the most important and most numerous conservation actors in contemporary America, and conservation easements are perhaps the key land conservation tools used by these trusts. This article examines various criticisms and proposals for reform of current conservation easement practice in light of a detailed survey of conservation easements held by local and regional land trusts in Massachusetts. More specifically, it provides important detail on… 

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Wilderness Act of 1964

supra note 1, at 38 (emphasis added); see also Note, Preservation of Open Spaces Through Scenic Easements and Greenbelt Zoning, 12 STAN

  • L. REV
  • 1960

2009); see also Roderick H. Squires, Introduction to Legal Analysis, in PROTECTING THE LAND, supra note 25

  • 1956

conservation restriction grant to Berkshire Natural Resources Council (recorded Feb

  • 2001

Berkshire North District (21)

  • Those ten registries (and the number of survey easements from each) are Berkshire Middle District (5)

conservation restriction grant to Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (recorded Dec. 31, 1990, at Berkshire North District Deeds, bk

    supra note 1, at 38 (emphasis added); see also MASS

    • GEN. LAWS ch
    • 2008

    the Belmont Land Trust (3), the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (11, and another 6 co-held with other listed trusts), the Bolton Conservation Trust (13), the Carlisle Conservation Foundation