Open Space Conservation
Bear-Paw's primary focus is to work with landowners to accomplish their land conservation goals through the use of conservation easements. Conservation easements are a proven legal framework that restrict the future development of land while allowing it to remain in private ownership. Bear-Paw provides impartial, technical assistance to landowners and often serves as an intermediary between landowners, town officials, and other conservation partners. Bear-Paw also works with our member towns to promote conservation planning, to identify valuable natural resource areas, and to locate funding sources for land conservation projects.
conservation easement deed is just the first step in Bear-Paw's promise to protect open space forever. Whether the easement is on a family farm, an undeveloped woodlot, or a public access hiking area, we ensure that the conservation values outlined in the easement deed are being upheld. Our volunteer monitors visit each easement on an annual basis. Bear-Paw works with Towns and landowners to maintain trails and provide guidance on new trail systems, forest management plans, and other property uses.
Outreach & Education
Bear-Paw hopes to get all people as excited about the natural world as we are. Connecting to the outdoors, whether through the diversity of wildlife, growing food, or a dog walk along a scenic road are all ways to enjoy the beautiful region. We promote We encourage member towns to provide funding for conservation projects in their municipalities through a variety of ways (land use change taxes, warrant articles, etc.).