This report, the first in a series of three, examines the views and experiences of 46 landowners with conservation easements on their properties in three northern California counties. Thirty-seven had sold such easements in recent years; the other nine owners had recently purchased parcels with easements already in place.

See PDF article here: California Farmers and Conservation Easements: Motivations, Experiences, and Perceptions in Three Counties by Ellen Rilla and Alvin D. Sokolow, with the assistance of Robin Kozloff and Cathy Lemp. Research Paper #4 in AIC’s California Farmland & Open Space Policy Series, December 2000.