Are conservation easements, or agreements to keep lands free of development, always in the best interest of the environment? Well according to a new study by the National Center for Public Policy Research, the answer may be “no.” Comments study author, Dana Joel Gattuso: “Changes in science and nature could deem perpetual easements useless or harmful. For example, thinning techniques are essential to protecting healthy forests and preventing forest fires. Yet conservation easements may not allow for necessary logging and thinning projects. In still another situation, an easement created to protect an endangered species could become useless if the species becomes plentiful or extinct. Such situations need to be considered.”


  • Christina Norman

    Christina Norman serves as the Director of Development for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow. She is also responsible for CFACT’s website building, web maintenance, and graphic design. Christina holds a BA from the University of MN-Duluth and is a graduate of the Koch Associate Program. Christina is passionate about the environment and outdoors, particularly our lakes and rivers in Minnesota. She and her husband live in Lake Elmo, and have 3 beautiful children.