Conservation Easement Helps Connect Other Protected Land


Hartland and Woodstock – December 18, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Anne Sincerbeaux of Hartland donated a conservation easement to the Vermont Land Trust on 38 acres of woodland that connects two significant stretches of conserved land in Hartland and Woodstock.

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The Sincerbeaux property straddles the Hartland-Woodstock boundary. It joins the Densmore Hill Wildlife Management Area and surrounding land with protected land in South Woodstock resulting in a 1,100-acre block of forests, fields, and wetlands that are protected from further development and subdivision.

The Sincerbeaux family is not new to conservation. Anne’s father-in-law, Bob, was a founder and long-time trustee of the Vermont Land Trust. He also conserved several tracts of land with conservation easement donations in Woodstock in the 1980s. Her husband, Charlie, is currently Chair of the Vermont Land Trust Board of Trustees. And Charlie’s grandmother, Marjorie Morley, donated a conservation easement on land in Hartland to the Vermont Land Trust.

My husband and I share a deep desire to preserve the natural beauty of these fields and forests,” said Anne. “In particular, I wanted to ensure this property, which connects other conserved land, was kept in its undeveloped state. I am reassured to know that by donating the property’s development rights to the Vermont Land Trust I will have accomplished this.”

The conservation easement on the Sincerbeaux property includes a special clause that gives extra protection around a wetland and small stream.

“Anne and her family’s commitment to conservation spans the generations,” says Bob Linck, Central Vermont Regional Director for the Vermont Land Trust. “The benefit of their work and generosity, both in donating conservation easements and in donating their time and energy, will be enjoyed by generations yet to come.”

Conservation easements are perpetual legal agreements that ensure that land is not further subdivided or developed, while allowing sustainable, productive use of the land. Landowners continue to own, manage, and pay taxes on the land and can sell their land; however, the conservation easement permanently remains on the property.

The Vermont Land Trust will be responsible for staying in touch with present and all future owners, and seeing that the terms of the conservation easement are upheld.


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