We can help protect land that offers significant conservation values. This includes woodlands, wetlands, farmland, endangered species habitat, scenic areas, wild and scenic rivers, historic areas, and open space.
What activities does a conservation easement prohibit?Mandy Barrett2020-08-04T14:40:16-04:00
Davidson Lands Conservancy partners with the land owner to conserve the land, but the Conservancy is ultimately responsible for enforcing the terms of the easement. The Conservancy visits the property routinely, usually at least annually, to assure compliance with the terms of the easement.
Does the public get access to a property if a conservation easement is donated?Mandy Barrett2020-08-04T14:40:36-04:00
Conservation easements are customized to meet the needs of the owner and to protect the property’s conservation values. The easement generally allows for additions and changes to existing structures, construction of accessory and farm structures, and normal agricultural practices. Some easements permit timbering. It may also be possible to reserve a limited number of future home sites on the property.
Can land with a conservation easement be sold? Can it be inherited?Mandy Barrett2020-08-04T14:39:17-04:00
A qualified appraiser determines the conservation easement’s value. The land is appraised at both its market value without easement restrictions and its market value with the easement restrictions. The difference is the value of the easement. This easement value determines the income and estate tax benefits of donating the easement.
Are there non-financial benefits of donating a conservation easement?Mandy Barrett2020-08-04T14:38:43-04:00
Probably not. Most lenders are hesitant to subordinate the bank’s position to a conservation easement, for fear of lowering the value of the property the bank has accepted as collateral for a loan. However, a conservation easement should not preclude future borrowing against the property.
What does it mean to “donate a conservation easement?”Mandy Barrett2020-08-04T14:35:23-04:00
For landowners, donating a conservation easement is a way to protect the places they love. It’s also a major financial decision. When a landowner donates a conservation easement, they give away some of the rights associated with the property. By donating a conservation easement to Davidson Lands Conservancy, landowners choose us as a conservation partner to annually monitor the property and enforce the terms of the easement forever.
Have land owners in our region conserved their land with conservation easements?Mandy Barrett2020-08-04T14:34:52-04:00