Project ID



Present landowners need tools to pass on relevant information about current land uses and best management practices to their heirs. This project provided guidance and tools for landowners and their advisers on the development of estate and succession planning documents that address sustainability and resilience for the natural resources involved.

Key Question

What legal tools exist to increase non-operator stewardship of land owned by entities and how can we increase non-operator knowledge and use of these tools?


The legal tools relating to stewardship exist in general terms in both the organizing documents of landowning entities as well as state law, but their applicability and use for enforcing duties relating to agricultural sustainability and resilience are not easily found and remain largely untested.

Principal Investigator(s)

Neil Hamilton


Ed Cox

Year of Grant Completion


SALT_Hamilton_1-page_summary_P2014-03.pdf (204 kB)
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