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Types of conservation properties

Conserv’s mission is to create a more ecologically-friendly real estate marketplace. The word “more” is used intentionally to convey the idea that to a very limited degree, the marketplace already functions in an ecological manner. This is because humanity, in all its forms, is a part of nature, just as much as any other part that we may think of as “natural”. Therefore, nothing we create can really exist separate from nature. We and all of our systems, whether or not we want to be, are interdependent with every other system on the planet. We can’t help but exist in an ecological state of being.  

Conserv’s development is predicated on the notion that in the long-run, acknowledging the fact of interdependence, and building that awareness into every human endeavor, is, in the long run, positive for us and for the rest of creation. Therefore, our intention is to create market processes that reveal the reality of our biophysical interdependencies, for those buyers and sellers that value biological diversity.


We have set out to create three types of real estate listings. The first we call Potential Conservation Properties. This portion of the listing service (marketplace) is designed primarily for conservation-minded purchasers as it allows landowners to list their property at no cost while allowing buyers to scan properties (at no cost) for environmental assets (older growth forest, bear corridor, etc.) that the landowner may or may not be aware of. Should a buyer or representative have an interest in a specific property, detailed information about it can be gained by joining Conserv.


The second tier of listings is Conservation Properties. Conservation properties are featured on the site because they can only be submitted by certified agents—American Conservation Brokers.  This site provides an on-line curriculum for REALTORS to become American Conservation Brokers. More detailed bioassessment information is required for Conservation Property Listings than for Potential Conservation Property listings. Unlike Potential Conservation listings, however, detailed information is available to the general public.


The third tier of listings is Priority Conservation Properties. This portion of the marketplace is under development and will be used for special properties, such as those that are certain to contain rare or globally endangered flora and fauna, that require a more discreet form of listing only available to certain parties.


An essential feature of the marketplace, still under development, is Conservation Mapper.  Working with governmental and non-profit partners, Conserv is creating a web-based natural community mapping service that will allow landowners and their representatives to view natural communities in and around their properties. The integration of conservation mapping and real estate listings is the point at which landowners will be enabled to become partners in protection and enhancement of our planet’s green infrastructure.


- Michael Collins

Michael Collins is the Executive Director of Conserv




















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