The Land Trust Alliance And Land Conservation in America
The Land Trust Alliance <ul><li>Works with over 1,600 land trusts in the United States  </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes conserv...
What Is A Land Trust? <ul><li>First formed in late 1800’s </li></ul><ul><li>Private, non-profit organizations </li></ul><u...
The First Land Trust <ul><li>Charles Eliot </li></ul><ul><li>(1859-1897) </li></ul><ul><li>Boston, Massachusetts </li></ul...
Conservation Easements
Conservation Easements-Benefits <ul><li>Owner </li></ul><ul><li>Tax Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Maintains Control </li></ul...
Conservation Easements
Conservation Easements-Cons <ul><li>Owner </li></ul><ul><li>Restrictions in perpetuity required for tax benefit </li></ul>...
Types of Conservation Easements <ul><li>Agricultural </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal </li></ul><ul><li>Wetlands </li></ul><ul><l...
 
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Types of conservation easements and the pros and cons for owners wishing to participate in a voluntary land conservation agreement.

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The Land Trust Alliance

  1. 1. The Land Trust Alliance And Land Conservation in America
  2. 2. The Land Trust Alliance <ul><li>Works with over 1,600 land trusts in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes conservation easements </li></ul><ul><li>Advocates voluntary land preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes education and standards </li></ul><ul><li>Provides resources </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation is The Land Trust </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Is A Land Trust? <ul><li>First formed in late 1800’s </li></ul><ul><li>Private, non-profit organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Created to preserve and protect land </li></ul><ul><li>Tax-exempt status allows for donations </li></ul><ul><li>Creates public & private partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes conservation easements </li></ul>
  4. 4. The First Land Trust <ul><li>Charles Eliot </li></ul><ul><li>(1859-1897) </li></ul><ul><li>Boston, Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><li>Father of the </li></ul><ul><li>Land Trust Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Compared land held in trust to books in a library or paintings in a museum </li></ul>
  5. 5. Conservation Easements
  6. 6. Conservation Easements-Benefits <ul><li>Owner </li></ul><ul><li>Tax Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Maintains Control </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation while keeping land through tax benefits or cash </li></ul><ul><li>Land Trusts </li></ul><ul><li>No management required </li></ul><ul><li>Less cost to acquire </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to work with owners who want to keep their land </li></ul>
  7. 7. Conservation Easements
  8. 8. Conservation Easements-Cons <ul><li>Owner </li></ul><ul><li>Restrictions in perpetuity required for tax benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Future income limits property value </li></ul><ul><li>IRS compliance/rules can be challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Land Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Future landowners may not wish to honor easement </li></ul><ul><li>Current land use is not guaranteed </li></ul>
  9. 9. Types of Conservation Easements <ul><li>Agricultural </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal </li></ul><ul><li>Wetlands </li></ul><ul><li>Historical </li></ul><ul><li>Forest </li></ul><ul><li>Open-space </li></ul>

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