Why Protect Your Land?
- Leave a legacy for future generations
- Protect water quality, wildlife habitat, and other natural resources
- Maintain the quality of life and character of your community
- Preserve local traditional forestry and farming for economic stability
- Maintain a healthy balance between development and conservation
Landowner Conservation Resources
Loon Echo protects land in two main ways: conservation easements and transfers of land (described below). Donations of conservation easements and land are encouraged, as Loon Echo has limited funds available. In certain instances, Loon Echo will purchase land or easements of high priority lands as determined by its Board of Directors. All land proposed for conservation passes through a review process to determine if the land has suitable conservation values as well as other factors.
Donations of land and conservation easements (for qualified conservation purposes) are charitable contributions according to the IRS, and therefore certain federal income tax benefits are granted. In addition, land and conservation easements can be granted by bequest. There are many personal family considerations and tax implications that help shape such a decision, so consulting with your legal and tax adviser is important. If you have an interest in conserving your land for the benefit of future generations, we’re here to discuss options available through Loon Echo Land Trust.
Find out more by downloading our landowner booklet, “Working Together to Conserve Land.”
Still not quite sure how it works? Click here for a list of FAQ’s, answered by the Land Trust Alliance.
A conservation easement is a type of deed with specific and perpetual covenants that describe how the land can be used to protect its conservation values. The easement is granted to the land trust, who then accepts the responsibilities of monitoring and upholding the terms. Easements can be tailored to each property. Loon Echo encourages that forested and agricultural lands follow best management practices, and that the land not be posted against public use. If you wish to own, manage and pass your property onto your heirs, while ensuring it’s conserved, then a conservation easement may be the best tool.
Land transfers result in the land trust holding full title to a property. Several of our preserves were donated to us by generous landowners who wished to leave a legacy for future generations by conserving their property while providing the community an opportunity to appreciate its natural and scenic values.
A donation of land is usually the simplest method to conserve its resources and it gives Loon Echo the flexibility to manage the land according to best management practices. If you wish to conserve the land, but don’t want to continue ownership, then transferring your land along with the management responsibilities to Loon Echo may be the best option.
For more information on land conservation opportunities please contact us.