Conservation Terms

Conservation easement – an agreement between a landowner and a land trust that limits how the land can be used to protect its conservation values. Landowners also keep many of their rights, including the right to own, use, sell, or pass the land down to an heir

Endangered species – according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), this is “any species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range”

Fee Simple Ownership – complete ownership over a piece of land, including any structures or buildings on it

Heirs Property – land owned by several individuals, often with a common ancestor who did not leave a will

Land trust – an organization or entity that owns and manages a piece of property at the request of the property owner

Owned Property – all real property that is owned by an individual or entity

Stormwater runoff – water that is generated from rain and snowmelt that flows over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground

Threatened species – according to the USFWS, this is “any species that is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range”

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