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Easements generally go on forever unless terminated with a release agreement or some overt legal action. If a holder of an easement no longer uses it, you can try to institute a court action to quiet title and ask the court to serve notice of the suit by publication in a local newspaper since the easement holders cannot be located.
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how difficult and expensive is the process of removing their rights? Can I do it myself?
There is no guarantee that you could remove their rights if they respond to the suit unless they agree to sell them or release them. You would likely need a lawyer's help to draft a quiet title suit that has the right elements in it. The lawyer will also have to get permission from the court to serve the suit by publication. If the other side does not respond then you may win by default. I suspect that this may cost you about 3-5k in legal fees if they do not answer the suit.