Benefits for Landowners

Thousands of people across the nation are partnering with land trusts to protect privately-owned land. Each acre you conserve contributes to a bigger picture: a state and nation comprised of lively communities abundant in clean air, diverse wildlife, healthy ecosystems, and scenic beauty.

When you choose to conserve your land, you’re giving a priceless gift to future generations by letting the places you love live on.

Additionally, conserved land may qualify as a charitable tax deduction on your federal income tax return.

Conservation Options

Your land is important, and what you choose to do with it is a big decision. Each of our conservation projects is different, but our most common conservation methods are conservation easements and land donations.

A conservation easement is a legal agreement with us that limits the uses of your land in order to protect its conservation value. You maintain ownership, while we monitor your property to ensure the land is preserved.

A land donation gives us complete ownership of your property. As a land trust, we commit to managing and protecting the donated land for future generations.

Next Steps

Contact us about conserving your land.

  • Elizabeth Sims, Conservation Director
  • 205-417-2777 or elizabeth.sims@freshwaterlandtrust.org

We can answer initial questions and provide more details about the conversation process, including common timelines and associated costs. Every family, property, and conservation project is different. As an accredited land trust, we work with you to find the best option for you, your family, and your land.

Additional background material:

“Conserve Your Land” – Freshwater Land Trust’s introduction for landowners

“Using the Conservation Tax Incentive” – Land Trust Alliance’s overview of conservation easements