F. Title Investigation and Registration

  1. Prior to closing and preferably early in the process, have a title company, lawyer or notary investigate title for each property or conservation agreement the land trust intends to acquire
    1. Update the title at or just prior to closing
  2. Evaluate any encumbrance and title exception and document how the land trust addressed mortgages, liens, severed mineral rights and other encumbrances prior to closing
    1. Mortgages, liens and other encumbrances that could result in extinguishment of the conservation agreement or significantly undermine the important conservation values on the property are discharged or properly subordinated to the conservation agreement
  3. Promptly register land and conservation agreement transaction documents, including baseline documentation reports or summaries when required, at the appropriate registration office