What happens after you sign a conservation easement?
This signals the beginning of your relationship with our stewardship staff. The primary focus each year will be to meet staff for summer monitoring visits of your easement-protected area(s), to ultimately build a long-term, positive, and constructive partnership.
What does a monitoring visit entail and who will I meet with?
Stewardship staff will contact you to find time to meet you out on the property. Visits typically last for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the property, but can be as short as a few minutes. We prefer to spend a little time to walk your land and discuss it. During the visit, we review natural and manmade changes that have occurred, and look forward to understanding any land uses involving the easement that you may have planned. We learn a vast amount from you on these visits – tales of wildlife occurrences, perspectives on hydrology, changes related to vegetation – which give us valuable perspectives on the conservation values found on the property.
If you are only in Jackson seasonally, please let us know when you will be in town, and we will meet you during that time
Is there any benefit to me from having a monitoring visit?
Yes! Our goals are to: 1) provide you with answers to your questions about the conservation easement; 2)provide answers regarding the natural changes you may be seeing on your property, and pointing out subtle changes that you may not even be aware of; 3) be a resource for you about land management programs and solutions; and 4) offer suggestions on ways to develop and use your land in a manner that conserves its conservation values
Does the stewardship staff have some kind of expertise that can assist me?
The stewardship staff have advanced degrees in natural resource management; over twenty years of experience working with private landowners in Jackson Hole at the Land Trust; and broad work experience in other aspects of land management and knowledge about land management and incentive programs
What do I do when I want to develop my land?
The best way to seamlessly implement building or land use changes on your conservation property is to share your plans with your land steward as early as possible in the planning process. The Land Trust is very responsive to such requests, and pitfalls can be avoided by getting a formal letter for your files clarifying that your plans match the terms of the conservation easement.
I’d like to implement a habitat enhancement, like a pond. What do I need to do?
Habitat enhancements need to be done thoughtfully, and easements generally call for collaboration with the Land Trust so that conservation values are not lost or degraded in the process. Often our stewardship staff has constructive suggestions that will improve the habitat outcomes for your project. Please contact your land steward to inform us about your habitat enhancement project.
Why do I need to have a monitoring visit each year?
For the Jackson Hole Land Trust to be an accredited land trust, each property must receive a visit each year and each landowner must be contacted regularly. These visits ensure that your conservation work will persist through time and through future ownership changes, and is helps you to steward your land.
How can I get a sign that I can post on my property boundary that indicates that it is protected by a conservation easement?
The Land Trust has conservation property signs for you that also remind people that trespassing is not allowed. Simply contact the stewardship staff by phone or email for your sign.
What if I disagree with the Land Trust?
The Land Trust has a long history of being a reasonable organization with our long-term partnerships at its heart, and there are many avenues for open communications. The Land Trust’s Board of Directors and Stewardship Committee are comprised of local community members who live in the area and understand the interests of conservation landowners. Ultimately, the legal terms of the easement and the judgment of the Board and Committee, acting in the public trust, guides the resolution of any disagreements.