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Conservation Options

Protecting Your Land Through
Conservation Easements

A conservation easement is a legal agreement between the landowner and the land trust that permanently limits the uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. The landowner continues to own the land and can live on it, sell it or pass it on to heirs with the agreement remaining in place.


Conservation easements can be placed on various types and sizes of both private and public land.
In most cases, the landowner is eligible for Federal income, estate and property tax benefits. In some cases the landowner may also qualify for Georgia tax benefits.


Through conservation easements, we protect working farms, forests, scenic and historic landscapes, rivers, and special areas that are protected for future generations. To learn more about conserving your land please speak with our Executive Director today. Email our Director at katie@sctlandtrust.org

 

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The following is a list of options which you, as a property owner, might consider for land conservation:

 

 Land Conservation Agreement or Conservation Easement:

You maintain ownership and use of your land. Conservation restrictions outline specific prohibited and permitted uses of the property. Permitted uses usually include agriculture, forestry, recreation, and other  open space uses. Limited development, such as a home site, may also be allowed.  Prohibited uses typically include industrial, commercial, and residential development. Restrictions may cover all or part of the property.  Federal and state tax benefits are determined by the extent of the restrictions on the property. Read More

 Gift in Fee Simple (Donation of Land)

The property is given to the Trust outright, and may be held by the Trust and permanently protected. Alternately, if you agree, the Trust may sell all or part of the property with permanent conservation restrictions in place that ‘run with the land’.  This means the land will forever be protected with every subsequent sale. In this scenario, you are typically entitled to tax benefits, the value of which is determined by the restrictions or lack of restrictions you place on the property. Read More

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