In 1972 Massachusetts voters approved Article 97, granting people the right to a clean environment and authorizing the Commonwealth to acquire conservation easements. Article 97 was intended to be a legislative ‘check’ to ensure that lands acquired for conservation purposes were not converted to other inconsistent uses.
Article 97: Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Constitutional Articles / Amendments
Level of Government
Conservation Easements, Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements
Mass. Const. art. XCVII.