Sometimes landowners find themselves wondering, “What will happen to this place I have so lovingly cared for after I’m gone?”
There are many ways to conserve your land. The most common methods include the donation of a conservation easement or the sale of a conservation easement (for full or less than full value). In this scenario, you would could continue to own the land, but the easement would extinguish certain development rights. Some landowners choose to donate their land to us, either during their lifetime or through their will or estate plans. For lands of exceptional conservation value, the land trust may also purchase the land.
In addition to meeting the conservation goals you have for your land, donating land or a conservation easement can have significant tax benefits. It is important to talk with your tax and legal advisers to understand all the benefits and implications of conservation options.
The Land Trust Alliance is an excellent resource as you start thinking about conserving your land. Visit their website to Get Started.
We are also happy to talk with you about conservation options, and whether your property aligns with our strategic plan for conserving marine shorelines; wetlands, riparian areas and their connected forests; and prairies and oak woodlands.
Capitol Land Trust is accredited by the Land Trust Association Accreditation Commission. This accreditation affirms Capitol Land Trust meets the national quality standards outlined in the Land Trust Standards and Practices of:
- Sound Finances
- Strong Transactions
- Excellent Land and Easement Stewardship
- Effective Governance