A conservation easement is a tool for landowners to protect their natural resources and preserve forest and agricultural land. In essence a landowner gives up certain opportunities or rights for use of their property in exchange for the current market value of these rights. For example, the landowner who provides a development easement removes the right to subdivide and develop their land but still remains the owner. The organization accepting the easement agrees to compensate the landowner and monitors the agreement to ensure compliance. Public access is normally not a component of a conservation easement. Easements typically last in perpetuity. For more information see these easement providers for forest owners in Calvert County.