North Carolina’s Heartland is changing rapidly. As the area continues to grow exponentially, many concerned citizens seek the means to make a personal contribution towards the preservation of this region’s unique character and natural resources. Conservation easements can provide this means.
Conservation easements are voluntary, legal agreements that permanently protect land from subdivision and intensive development. The easement preserves the natural characteristics of your land, and also offers you and your family substantial estate and income tax benefits. Conservation easements are negotiable documents that match owners’ property-use needs with long term benefits to their community.
Conservation easements are:
Conservation easements are completely voluntary and appropriate for landowners who wish to permanently protect and preserve the land they love.
Conservation easements do not require access to your land by the public- you retain control of who visits your land. The LandTrust will not publicize a conservation easement without your permission.
Conservation easements with the LandTrust permanently protect land. To qualify for tax benefits, a conservation easement must be made in perpetuity. Although future owners must abide by the easement terms, the land can be bought, sold and inherited the same as all other lands. A competent title search will disclose the easement to future owners.
Conservation easements are as unique as the land they protect. The easement can be crafted to meet the specific needs of the owner.
A conservation easement creates a permanent legacy. It is a wonderful way to honor the memory of a family member who instilled a love and respect for land in subsequent generations. Such a decision should not be made in haste. Our staff will meet with landowners and their families to discuss all aspects of a conservation easement.
A sample easement may be downloaded from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s website by clicking here: Sample easement for natural areas
For more information on conservation easements, please download this brochure: Important Tax Law Update
For an informational Voluntary Conservation Easement handbook, please click here: Voluntary Conservation Easement Handbook