Land Conservation Offers Big Benefits

For landowners, conservation is a way to preserve permanently the land they love.

It’s also a major financial decision. When landowners donate land or a conservation easement, they give up part of the value of their property — often their family’s biggest asset. Tax incentives offset some of that loss in value, making protection easier for more landowners.

If you’re a landowner who loves your land and wants to protect it forever, we should talk.

Grey Road EasementYou’ll permanently protect your land in its natural state. And you’ll protect it in a way that is unique to your land’s character. Davidson Lands Conservancy partners with you to defend your land against any threat to the conservation values. This includes development, encroachment, and future infrastructure projects.

You may be eligible to enjoy lower federal income taxes. When you donate an easement on your land to Davidson Lands Conservancy, the value of that gift may lower your adjusted gross income (AGI) up to least 50%. Here’s an example of how it works: If you have an AGI of $50,000 a year, and your donated easement is worth $400,000, you are likely eligible for a federal income tax deduction of $25,000 (50% of your AGI) in the year you make the gift and $25,000 per year for up to 15 years. And if you’re a farmer, you can lower your adjusted gross income by 100%!

You may be eligible to enjoy lower property taxes. A conservation easement will likely lower the tax value of your property. If your property is already enrolled in North Carolina’s Present Use Value program, your property taxes may already be low, and permanently conserved properties can continue to participate in the Present Use program.

You can stay where you are and enjoy your land. You set the terms of the conservation easement’s allowable property uses, so if you want to stay there, you can – as long as the property’s natural values are conserved.

You can sell or bequeath your land. Your easement – and its protections – go with the land to each future owner.

Interested in learning more about the process of conserving land? Check out our handy Step-by-Step Guide, and our answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions, about land conservation.

If you or someone you know owns undeveloped land in the Davidson area, Davidson Lands Conservancy can help preserve it forever. Email Dave Cable, Director of Land Conservation, to learn how – or call him at 704-577-2004.

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