Scenic 340 works with landowners as well as local and state governments to preserve and protect rural lands, using two primary tools. Conservation easements and agricultural districts allow landowners to permanently protect their property, even if the land is sold or inherited. Both options are binding legal agreements with local governments that restrict new development.
Scenic 340 has helped bring over 1000 acres under permanent conservation easement in the Overall area, in both Warren and Page Counties. A new agricultural/forestal district has recently been established in south Warren County, as well as a new Rural Historic District which runs from south of Bentonville all the way to Luray. This is the largest Historic District in the state.