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Protecting My Land 

As a private landowner, you can play a major role in land protection and leave a personal legacy of conservation that mirrors your love of the land.  Conservation easements have become the primary method to accomplish this, allowing you to retain ownership while preserving your property's conservation values in perpetuity.  As Minnesota's only statewide land trust dedicated to working with private landowners and conservation easements, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you about protecting the land that has given you and your family so much satisfaction.

 

What is a land trust?

A land trust is a private nonprofit organization that promotes and utilizes a variety of tools to help citizens and communities accomplish their land protection objectives. Click here for more information.

 

What are my options?

I want to preserve my land. How can I do that and what are my options? Are there any financial benefits to preserving land? Click here for more information.

 

What is a conservation easement?

A conservation easement is one of the most effective and permanent tools available for land protection. Have questions? Click here for more information and frequently asked questions.

 

What are the steps involved in donating an easement?

I want to continue owning my land and want to donate a conservation easement. What should I expect? Click here for more information.

 

How can I be sure that once I protect my land it will remain protected forever?

With each property it preserves, the Land Trust accepts responsibility to protect that land and its conservation values into the future. Click here for more information on the stewardship program.

 

Are there tax benefits to donating an easement?

The donation of a conservation easement often qualifies as a charitable contribution. Click here for more information.

 

What is an appraisal and will I need one?

The Internal Revenue Service has very specific requirements for appraisals of conservation easements where a landowner is claiming a charitable contribution deduction for the value of the easement. Click here for more information.

 One of our landowners improving his land's prairie habitat.

I'm an appraiser - what do I need to know?

Appraisers, click here for more information on the IRS requirements for conservation easements.

 

My community wants to protect land - what do I need to know?

For information on partnering with the Land Trust to preserve land in your community, click here.