Agriculture, Land Protection

MALT 101: What’s an Agricultural Conservation Easement?

February 5, 2021

MALT’s mission is to permanently protect Marin’s agricultural land for agricultural use, with a vision for a thriving agricultural community in a healthy and diverse natural environment. But how exactly does MALT do this? What tools do we use?

As many of you know, the primary tool MALT employs to protect farmland is called an agricultural conservation easement. But what does that mean, exactly? How does it work? Why do we use them? And who benefits? We gathered staff experts with a graphic recording artist to depict the answers to these crucial questions in a captivating illustrated video.

Learn more about agricultural conservation easements here! View the final graphic here.

Once MALT has protected a ranch with an agricultural conservation easement, MALT’s team gets to work. Through MALT’s Stewardship Assistance Program (SAP), MALT staff work with farmers and ranchers to improve soil and water quality, increase agricultural productivity, protect habitat and natural resources and make Marin’s working farms and ranches more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Learn more about our SAP program, how it works and the projects we collaborate on!

MALT has preserved more than 50,000 acres of Marin’s productive farmland to date, but there is still another 50,000 acres to go. Donate today to protect at-risk farmland in Marin County, forever.