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The Mechanics of Land and Easement Acquisitions


Land trusts each have their own processes for managing land and easement transactions, however in any acquisition project there are certain things that must happen, and a likely order of operations. If your organization has not developed a formal process, you can gain efficiency by adopting a standard. Join Todd Sampsell, Vice President of Conservation with Natural Lands as he provides an overview of the mechanics of land and easement acquisitions using Natural Lands’ process. This session will provide a robust introduction for new conservation staff, as well as a refresher for veteran staff and volunteers. Of course, we know that no project is ever really ‘standard’, so some time will be given to discussion of where things can go wonky.




Todd Sampsell | Vice President of Conservation, Natural Lands

Todd joined Natural Lands in 2021 to oversee the conservation department, which handles all of the organization’s land protection, conservation easement, planning and municipal services work.

Todd’s 20-year conservation career spans the country. His former employers include Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy Pennsylvania, The Nature Conservancy Missouri, Missouri’s Departments of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Friends of Virgin Islands National Park in St. John.

“I’m very excited to return home to Pennsylvania to continue a focus on conservation with Natural Lands and our partners,” said Todd. “Natural Lands’ focus on both protecting Pennsylvania’s lands and waters while strengthening people’s connection to nature is so important. We have tremendous challenges ahead with climate change, loss of biodiversity and insufficient funding to meet the region’s needs. We will need everyone on board to ensure equitable access to and protection of our resources for today and future generations.”

Todd earned his BS in biology from Bloomsburg University, and his MS in biology from California University of Pennsylvania.


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