The New England Trail (NET) would not exist without the generosity of private landowners. Thanks to these community-minded citizens, many miles of the NET are open for hiking on private land. While some landowners have entered into more formal agreements to protect the trail, many trail segments on private land remain open to the public through handshake or license agreements. Though tremendously helpful, these informal agreements are sometimes lost when properties are sold and land uses change.
Fortunately, increasing numbers of landowners are permanently protecting the NET on their properties by donating or selling trail corridor lands to a land protection partner. Thanks to these landowners, the NET is closer to remaining open to public walking forever.
Several options exist for ensuring long-term enjoyment of the trail in partnership with the CFPA or AMC. Agreements can vary in length, type and cost. Some options may provide a landowner with tax benefits.
If you are interested in exploring options for protecting the NET across your property, several resources and organizations are available to help you. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and we will be glad to help you find the information you need.