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As easement holder, GCN assumes the responsibility of monitoring the easement to ensure that its terms are followed. GCN will visit the property on an annual basis, maintain adequate records, respond to landowners' questions and requests for approvals, document any changes in the condition of the property, and issue written interpretations of easement restrictions when necessary.


GCN will hire local, independent land inspectors to inspect that the land is being maintained according to the guidelines in the easement. Inspectors will be people local to the easement location so they know the natural terrain and are more likely to be familiar with the property; they will be ecologists, environmental engineers or naturalists who have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a conservation-related field. During the inspection GCN will use a checklist or form to record changes on the property and note any concerns. Easement monitors may be GCN staff, volunteers, or contracted environmental consultants.


If the monitoring visit uncovers possible easement violations, these will be discussed with GCN's attorneys to help interpret the easement restrictions in question.


GCN will arrange a face-to-face meeting with the landowner to discuss the alleged violations and possible remedies can be proposed. The easement agreement provides the landowner with a set time period (e.g., 30 days) for curing violations.


In no event will there be more than 4 visits per year, except in the event of the Enforcement.

Easement Donation Guidlines

Easement Stewardship

Sample Easement Agreement

Benefits to You

  • A tax deduction.

  • Reduced property taxes because a nonprofit organization is holding the easement.

Benefits to Global Cooling Network

  • GCN will inform you of things that are being handled as you indicated in the original easement document.

  • GCN will reap the benefits of knowing the planet is being taken care of because the property is being utilized in an environmentally friendly manner.

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