An estate plan for the Earth

Religious congregations choose conservation over profit

A rosary is draped over a sign marking a conservation easement on the property of the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, New York. (NCR photo/Chris Herlinger)
This article appears in the An Estate Plan for the Earth feature series. View the full series.

For religious communities, real estate is an important asset that could provide significant revenue if sold for development. But many Catholic congregations are choosing to conserve some of their land permanently as part of their commitment to care for creation.

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