Each year, the Land Alliance protects more lands through conservation easements and accepts more fee lands in perpetuity. Monitoring and assuring compliance with the terms of easements held by the Land Alliance is a vital obligation to the public. There are significant and ongoing costs associated with the stewardship of land. They range from the staff time required to conduct annual monitoring visits, to maintenance required when large trees fall or meadows need mowing, to legal defense for easement violations.
At many of our properties, we are increasingly responsible for general maintenance and upkeep of the land. This involves significant costs for purchasing equipment, tools, and even vehicles, and costs associated with new planting efforts and removing invasive species.