DONATING A CONSERVATION EASEMENT
You may be a property owner who loves the natural beauty of your land, yet realize that someday it will pass on to new owners who could compromise this beauty—perhaps clear-cut the trees, or subdivide for development. There is, however, an option that can restrict what happens on your land.
It’s called a conservation easement.
Legally Binding Agreement
A conservation easement is a voluntary, legally-binding agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently limits the use of your land.
Own and Control Your Property
With a conservation easement, you continue to own and control your property; you can live on it, mortgage it, sell it, and pass it on to heirs. Future owners are bound by the terms of the easement. It may apply to all or a portion of your property and may or may not allow public access.
Develop a Relationship With Us
Donating a conservation easement requires a working relationship with the Land Trust. The Land Trust may decline to accept a donation that does not meet both the legal requirements and our specific charitable mission and strategic plan.
Commit to Your Land
Donating a conservation easement is a commitment requiring independent legal advice, a professional appraisal, and time for careful drafting of documents and land surveys.
Reduced Tax Exposure
If you donate a conservation easement, you can take advantage of tax benefits based on the change in the value of the property as a result of granting the easement.
Charitable Tax Deduction
If a donated conservation easement meets the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, it can qualify as a charitable tax deduction on the donor’s federal income tax return.
If you are interested in contacting us about land donorship, volunteering or would like further information about land parcels, please call (800) 983-3552 or email inquiry@WiltonLandTrust.org or fill out the form below: