New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

Charitable Trusts UnitConservation Easements

A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement between a landowner and the easement holder that restricts use of the land subject to the terms of the easement.

A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement between a landowner and the easement holder that restricts use of the land subject to the terms of the easement in order to protect its significant natural features including the preservation of open space. See RSA 477:45-47. The Office of the Attorney General, through its Charitable Trusts Unit, is involved in the enforcement of the terms of perpetual conservation easements, since they constitute charitable trusts under state law. As such, perpetual conservation easements may not be amended, or terminated, without compliance with applicable charitable trust principles, and the involvement of the Charitable Trusts Unit. The following guidelines document explains the process.

Amending or Terminating Conservation Easements: Conforming to State Charitable Trust Requirements Portable Document Format Symbol

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Charitable Trusts Unit
New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3591
charitabletrusts2@doj.nh.gov