Examples of Our Easements

Wally Woods Conservation Easement - Honoring a Loved One

Waldo Woods, known to most as Wally Woods, owns 35 beautiful acres in Montrose, Pennsylvania. He and his late wife, Kathy, purchased this land in 1980, and eventually moved there permanently. Wally and Kathy were attracted to this land because it had three things they had always wanted: a nice stream, a nice mountain, and a convenient location. Previously used for livestock grazing and orchards, the land is now home to Wally and his son. Wally’s property is peppered with sentiment and love for the land and the people in his life. Because his property is now protected “in perpetuity” by a conservation easement, the Edward L. Rose Conservancy can make sure that the values and land cherished by Kathy and Wally may be preserved forever.

“I want this land to stay in my family.”

Nancy Wottrich and Bruce McNaught  Conservation Easement - Keeping Land in the Family

As environmental professionals for several decades, Nancy and Bruce were no strangers to the world of conservation easements. Both Nancy and Bruce have done a lot of work for the Edward L Rose Conservancy; Bruce served on the board for several years and Nancy worked on several conservation easements for the Conservancy. But after years of placing easements on other properties, it was time to make sure that their property, so filled with scenic beauty, important wildlife habitat, and nearly half a century’s worth of family memories, was protected forever. Even as they sat by their ponds amidst the noise and bright lights and constant traffic during a year of intense gas drilling in Susquehanna County, Nancy said it was a good feeling to know at least this view wasn’t going to change. “It meant a lot that at least we could protect this land, no one could come in and build another house or remove the woods or drain the pond.  That was us taking real ownership of the land...an important aspect that completed the things we already do to protect this property.”  



Friends of Salt Springs Conservation Easement - Adding on to a Public Space

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