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Conservation Easement Modifications

Procedure for the Modification or Extinguishment of a Conservation Easement held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The original 1983 legislation that created conservation easements, Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 49, Title 3 (leaves DEC website), was a long sought effort by conservationists and environmental groups to bring this important conservation tool to use in partnership with willing private land owners across New York.

A majority of the conservation easements held by the Department (DEC) contain clauses that allow easements to be modified with the concurrence of the DEC and the private landowner only if the modification(s) further the purposes of the easement. 6 NYCRR Part 592 (leaves DEC website) was adopted on December 21, 2016 and simply builds upon ECL Article 49 Title 3 by formalizing, in regulation, the standards and procedures DEC staff follow when modifying or extinguishing a DEC held conservation easement.

Current Modifications

The modifications below are currently under Department review.


More about Conservation Easement Modifications:

  • Angle Fly Preserve Conservation Easement Modification - Details on a modification to the Angle Fly Preserve Conservation Easement in the Town of Somers, Westchester County, a portion of lands formally known as the Eagle River property.
  • Long Pond Conservation Easement Modification - Long Pond Conservation Easement Modification
  • Heartwood Forestland Fund CE Modification Press Release - DEC Modifies Forest Conservation Easement to Allow Leasing of 220 Camps and State Acquisition of 2,800 Acres of Forest Land. Leasing of Former Champion Lands in Adirondacks by Heartwood Forestland Fund to Continue. Deal Adds 2,146 Acres to the State Forest Preserve and Creates 651-Acre State Forest
  • Heartwood Forestland Fund CE Modification - New York State and Heartwood Forestland Fund lll, LP, have amended a conservation easement agreement to allow the landowner to continue leasing recreational camps on the former Champion lands in Franklin, Herkimer, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. These conservation easement lands include the Croghan Tract, the Santa Clara Tract and the Tooley Pond Tract. In exchange, Heartwood Forestland will transfer 2,797 acres of valuable wildlife habitat in the Deer River corridor to the state.
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