What are the financial and tax benefits of donating a conservation easement?

Federal Income Tax Benefits—Under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code, the donation of a qualified conservation easement may be treated as a charitable contribution. The IRS allows a deduction if the conservation easement is perpetual and donated “exclusively for conservation purposes.” Currently, the value of the contribution can be deducted at an amount up to […]

Why do people grant conservation easements?

People grant conservation easements to protect their property from unwanted development while retaining ownership of their land. By granting a conservation easement, a landowner can ensure his or her property will be protected forever, regardless of who owns the land in the future. An additional benefit is that the donation of an easement may provide […]

What is a conservation easement?

A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement that allows a landowner to limit the type or amount of development on his or her property while retaining private ownership of the land. The easement is a legally binding document signed by the landowner and the Land Trust. The Land Trust accepts and becomes the holder of […]


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