What is a Conservation Easement?

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.

According to the American Farmland Trust, we are currently losing 175 acres of farmland every hour. For that reason, a large focus of our conservation efforts in preserving working farms and forests.

Through conservation easements, we protect working farms, forests, scenic and historic landscapes, rivers, vital wildlife habitats, and special areas that are protected for future generations.

Learn more by looking at our Conservation brochure below.

It is also an easy process to donate your land to the Southern Conservation Trust. Please call our team to discuss your conservation and donation options today.
Email: conservation@sctlandtrust.org Office: 770.486.7774