8 Saint Joseph ST
Second Floor
Mobile, AL 36602-3502
Phone: (251) 433-2372
FAX: (251) 433-2374

Standards and Practices

The Center focuses on providing services via conservation easements, the USDA Forest Legacy Program, educational outreach, and advocacy and planning.

One of the most important tasks of the AFRC is securing conservation easements. Easements hold great promise as one of the most effective techniques for the preservation of privately owned forestland in Alabama. A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a property owner and a qualified organization. An easement restricts the type and amount of development that may take place on a property. Easements restrict certain land uses. Each easement's restrictions are tailored to the particular property and to the interests of the individual owner. Easements keep private lands in private ownership. They allow land use traditions such as hunting, forestry and agriculture to continue. Most importantly, easements are a positive incentive for the landowner to ensure that future use of the property will be consistent with the owners' desires to protect certain characteristics of the land. In addition, a landowner with no development plans may reap significant financial benefits by donating a conservation easement to a qualified organization.


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