- Capen, David E.
University of Vermont
Our study examined conservation easements for forested lands in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. The overall goal was to assess effects of conservation easements on management of forested lands and viability of surrounding communities. We surveyed easement holders, landowners, and forest managers to determine the extent to which 201 parcels protected by conservation easements are being managed for forest products and to evaluate compliance with selected principles of sustainable forest management, including those principles that relate to support of local communities. A second objective involved interviews of residents of three northern New England communities to assess the influence of easement-based land conservation on their communities.