Landowner: PARTICIPATION IN LAND PROTECTION
The Landowner places restrictions on the future use of the land that stay with the property in perpetuity. The Land Trust holds these easements and takes on the responsibility of ensuring their enforcement. The donated value of the easement, plus a monetary gift to the endowment fund, becomes a tax deducible gift to the Land Trust for the landowner. Various tax benefits accrue to the donor. Learn more about Conservation Easements.
A gift or bequest of land in fee to the Land Trust, which will manage it for public benefit in perpetuity, or sell it with restrictions to a preservation buyer. Including the Land Trust in estate planning is a way to provide support in the future.
Willing sellers can reap both preservation and financial benefits by selling a conservation easement to one of the county Farmland Protection Boards at below market value, with the Land Trust as a co-holder of the easement.
Landowners can donate their land, but retain the right to live on it through their lifetime. The Land Trust may retain and manage the land, or sell it with conservation restrictions to a preservation buyer.
*If you are a landowner, and you're interested in taking the next step in the Land Trust process, review Landowners page.