Who will ensure that the deed restrictions are maintained?

The County Board has the primary responsibility of ensuring that the easement restrictions are maintained. Inspections are required every other year on State and County funded easements. Inspections are conducted by County Ag Land Preserve Staff. Federally funded easements are visited annually and may include federal staff. Landowners will be notified by phone or regular mail prior to an inspection visit. The State has the option of conducting additional inspections of easements, if a violation is suspected. The county must complete an inspection report for each farm inspected, which is submitted to the landowner and the state, as well as a year-end report.

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1. What is an agricultural conservation easement?
2. How would purchasing agricultural conservation easements preserve agriculture?
3. Who determines the value of agricultural easements?
4. How long are the agricultural conservation easements for?
5. Can a farmer buy back the conservation easement?
6. What are the farmer's right's after selling the conservation easement?
7. What land is eligible for conservation easement sale?
8. Do I have to maintain a soil/water conservation plan on the farm?
9. How is farmland preservation in pennsylvania funded?
10. Who will ensure that the deed restrictions are maintained?
11. Must I apply every year?
12. Do I pay taxes on easement funds?