Conservation easements are legal agreements between a landowner and Old Dominion Land Conservancy, and future owners are also bound by the terms of the easement. The conservation easement specifies what activities are allowed, which can include farming, forestry, recreation, and limited construction. The property's uses are established to protect the land's conservation values as defined by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation including Agriculture, Wildlife Habitat, Forestry, and Scenic Open Space. To view the complete list of conservation values, please visit The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's website:
Each conservation easement is tailored to meet the specific needs and conservation purposes of the landowner and Old Dominion Land Conservancy. It is a way for landowners to protect their land while retaining ownership. The landowner may sell it, live on it, use it, or leave it to heirs, but the agreed-upon restrictions remain with the land forever. Old Dominion Land Conservancy's duty is ensures compliance with the terms of the easement by committing to regular monitoring and annual visits to the property.
Old Dominion Land Conservancy accepts the donation of land for the purposes of conserving or restoring its health guarantee that the land will be protected for all time. ODLC will then assume the responsibility of protecting, restoring, and maintaining the land's health and scenic views.