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Land Conservation

OLT GOAL: The land trust selects, completes and stewards conservation projects that maximize conservation values in our region.

The Okanogan Land Trust helps landowners in Okanogan and Ferry counties conserve specific features and assets of their farms, ranches, forests, waterways, and wildlife habitats.  Conservation easements like these can help us preserve the special qualities and resources that are important to our community, while also keeping the conserved land in private ownership, continuing to pay local property taxes-- which is also important!

Each conservation easement is unique. Please contact us to tell us more about your hopes and dreams for your place, and to inquire about potential conservation solutions.

Understanding Conservation Easements


A conservation easement is a tool for protecting property that holds a special place in your heart, to preserve it for future generations. It is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and the OLT, entrusting us with the responsibility of safeguarding the land according to the limitations and values defined by the landowners.  

This pamphlet answers basic questions about conservation easements >>


These radio broadcast interviews with former Executive Director, Garry Schalla, courtesy of  KOMW - Okanogan Country Radio, provide an overview (101) and more in-depth (201) explanation of conservation easements.