A Conservation Easement (CE) is land that has been set aside for "protection" of the wildlife, habitat, or beauty that exists on the land, and bans all future development. Sounds great but there it is a deeper hidden agenda to take private land. United Nation (UN) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are used to "buy" large parcels of land from private owners, the goal is to eventually connect them, fulfill the Wildlands Network & Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) objectives, ban use, and force humans into high density population areas. When the landowner sells the land to the NGO it devalues the land as it can no longer be developed, lowers tax revenues because the land can no longer be used or developed, and restricts human access and use. The new "partner" or NGO then gives land trusts or government entities authority to manage and control these rights and pay the landowner a reduced amount for his property without “taking” it.
The NGO takes part of or an entire bundle of property rights from the landowner in perpetuity. This includes the right to possess, use, modify, develop, lease, or sell the owner’s land. The landowner gives up control of their land but are still obligated to pay taxes on it.
To be fair this is a "voluntary" agreement. However, “Voluntary” can involve the landowner being notified by the NGO that they are located inside a particular area desired for “protection” and their land will be regulated or maybe taken by eminent domain. The only option given to the landowner is to take the “offer” of a CE. Landowners needing quick cash and a tax reduction find these plans attractive for a short term fix. NGOs target individuals for this purpose. CE substantially lowers land value by reducing or restricting its use and indirectly the state loses revenues.
CE enforced by the holder or third party can be transferred at anytime to another land trust or government agency. In a Montana lawsuit the NGO demanded improvements on the CE at the owners expense. The landowner sued and the Court ruled the landowner was responsible for the improvements and the cost incurred for the improvements, the landowner lost. In Wyoming an attempt was made to reverse CE land and the new landowner lost. The Nature Conservancy, a UN NGO, has been involved in several scandals regarding CE.
Looking at SE Idaho on the way to Island Park, near Yellowstone, there has been a concerted effort to place land into CEs. The Nature Conservancy works with the Teton Regional Land Trust. This map shows the amount of land they manage, land out of private ownership, some of which is owned by the Nature Conservancy, a UN entity owns Idaho land.
Here is a map that shows Idaho land that is being looked at for CE or "protection". Use the drop-down for conservation priorities, then Map Key & credits. Here is an article by Tom DeWeese that gives a more in-depth look at CE. What is being presented as a "protection" of land is really a way in which Agenda 21 is taking private land through the use of NGOs and CE.
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