Conservation Easements and Succession Planning
By: Piedmont Environmental Council
When rural land passes from one generation to the next, it is often vulnerable to subdivision and development for a variety of reasons. The heirs might have differing ideas about what to do with the land, or they may not have the same commitment to forestry or agriculture as the prior generation. Even when heirs do desire to keep the land intact, they may find that the only way to settle the estate is to sell the family land. A conservation easement can help ensure that the land is not developed and the conservation values will be protected forever, even if the family sells the property.
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