What is a conservation easement, and what does it entail?

A MALT agricultural conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between MALT and a landowner. MALT easements prohibit nonagricultural residential and commercial development, subdivision and other uses or practices that are detrimental to the agricultural and natural resources values of the land. MALT easements are perpetual — they remain in effect on the land regardless of change in ownership.

By restricting certain uses, the easement lowers the value of the land. MALT purchases easements from landowners to compensate for the loss of that value; the landowner continues to own the land. Once the sale of an easement is final, MALT extinguishes the development rights on the protected farmland.

As part of this legal agreement, MALT performs annual monitoring visits, consults with landowners about permitted uses to uphold the terms of the easement and offers technical assistance for natural resource concerns.



Schedule an informational call with Brady Moss, MALT’s Associate Director of Conservation. You can contact him by phone at (415) 663-1158 ext. 302, or complete the simple form below and he’ll call you.


Complete the application.
Once you’ve completed your informational call with Brady, the next step will be to complete the application and return it to MALT. The application form helps us gather more specific details about the property and your experience in agriculture. If questions arise along the way, Brady is always available to help.

Once a complete application is submitted to MALT, you can expect to hear from us regarding next steps within 30 days.