Acquisition of properties occurs through outright purchase or conservation easements.
There are a number of ways that a property could be purchased. The initial step would be to contact the Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust to ascertain if the property in question has been identified by the organization as being a property within the catchment area that meets the criteria of the BNRLT mission.
In a conservation easement, land is voluntarily sold or donated by the landowner and is protected through a legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses and development from taking place on the land in perpetuity, while the land remains under private ownership.
After the execution of the conservation easements it is contemplated that environmental restoration and/or protection projects will be undertaken on the protected parcels to restore and compensate for a loss of public resources. The Land Trust is looking forward to obtaining additional conservation easements soon. Anyone who is interested in discussing possible conservation easements should contact the Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust to discuss details.