Criteria for Preservation


To qualify for consideration for conservation through purchase or donation by fee-simple ownership or conservation easement, a site must have value in one or more of the following categories:

  1. 1. Land that contains endangered, threatened or rare species or natural communities in a relatively undisturbed natural condition.
  2. 2. Lands that contain, or have the potential to contain, ecosystems of educational or scientific value.
  3. 3. Wetlands, flood plains, sink holes, or other lands necessary for the protection of water quality.
  4. 4. Lands of wildlife significance.
  5. 5. Lands that have potential to be a part of community, regional, state or federal park or greenway systems.
  6. 6. Significant archeological or historical sites.
plant community

Conservation lands often protect whole plant communities, each dependent on each other, and the conditions to which the community is adapted.

Land that meets one or more of the above criteria must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for conservation by Green Horizon Land Trust.

  1. 1. The land is likely to be developed in the future to a use that does not preserve its conservation value.
  2. 2. The land is of sufficient size that the conservation resources of the property are likely to remain intact, even if adjacent lands are developed.
  3. 3. The land can be properly managed by the Trust or by the property's title holder.
  4. 4. The land can be acquired with reasonable effort in relation to its value to the Trust.
  5. 5. The site does not present a serious threat of liability exposure such as the presence of hazardous materials.