Specific benefits to cooperating property owners may include some or all of the following:

  • An income tax benefit as a charitable donation, based on any difference between the value of the land before and after creation of the easement.
  • A lowered value for estate and gift taxes.
  • Personal fulfillment from preserving family land in its historic form.
  • Monetary benefit.  In certain instances, federal funds may be available for purchase of conservation easements.  In such cases, the NALC likely would ask the landowner to donate part of the value of the easement.

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