LandCAN Library

Use the Land Conservation Assistance Network Library as your resource for land conservation education and reference.

There are a growing number of educational articles written by experienced land conservation and management professionals to elevate your knowledge of private lands conservation today.

More than just conservation.

Topics on Tax and Estate Planning specific to your real estate assets and land management objectives are addressed in the Library. Learn more about how to pass on your property to younger generations. Learn the ins and outs of how to spare your property from sprawl development and keep it in the family.

 

Browse our Introductory Articles

Land Preservation: An Essential Ingredient in Smart Growth

Conservation Easements: Donor Beware

Conservation Easements and the 2010 Roth Conversion: A symbiotic relationship

pdf Using Conservation Easements to Protect Working Forests

pdf Conservation Easements and Economic Incentives

pdf Farm and Forest Land Preservation With Conservation Easements

pdf Saving Open Space in Suburbia: The Application of the Governmental Policy Test

pdf Conservation Servitudes: a path to protection

Easements prove valuable in efforts to protect land

Legal Defense And Enforcement Of Conservation Easements

Could Coalbed Methane Be the Death of Conservation Easements?

Conservation Easements, Supply Agreements, & Green Certification

A Constructive Reformist's Perspective on Voluntary Conservation Easements

Amending Conservation Easements

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How to can a land trust official identify and comply with legal restraints to amendment? How can necessary flexibility be built into the easement document? This paper reflects the earnest desire of an ardent conservationist to take full advantage of opportunities for flexibility that can be found within the law, recognizing that the needs of land ownership and the land itself, are by their nature subject to continual change.

pdf Protecting The Public Interest And Investment In Conservation : A Response To Professor Korngold’s Critique Of Conservation Easements

Conservation Easements: How Flexible Is Too Flexible?

Conservation Easements on Land Need to be Thought Through

Developing Consensus on Conservation Easements on Managed Forestlands

pdf Conservation Easements: Perpetuity and Beyond

Conservation Easements – The Latest Tool in the Protection of Lands and Landscapes in the Mississippi Delta

Reconciling Mineral Rights and Conservation Easements

pdf Amending Perpetual Conservation Easements: A Case Study Of The Myrtle Grove Controversy

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Over the past quarter century there has been an explosive growth in the use of conservation easements as a land protection tool. A conservation easement is a deed transferred by the owner of the land encumbered by the easement to the holder of the easement (generally a government agency or a charitable conservation organization referred to as a “land trust”) that restricts the development and use of the land to achieve certain conservation goals, such as the preservation of open space, wildlife habitat, agricultural land, or an historic site.

pdf In Defense of Conservation Easements: A Response to the End of Perpetuity

Conservation Easements

pdf Conservation Easements: Why and How?

pdf Conservation Easements - A Troubled Adolescence

pdf Drafting Conservation Easements

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Drafting the conservation easement influences everything about the protected property after the easement’s grant: it guides the landowner’s use of the protected property, it guides Land Trust’s monitoring and stewardship of the property, and it guides Land Trusts enforcement of the conservation easement against the original landowner and all future landowners, forever.

pdf Increasing the Tax Incentives for Conservation Easement Donations - A Responsible Approach

pdf Can My Heirs Save Money on Estate Taxes? Conservation Easements Have Benefits Years After Your Donation

State Tax Credit Summary

pdf Purchase of Development Rights: Another Option for Conservation Minded Landowners

pdf Land Preservation: An Essential Ingredient in Smart Growth

Hypothetical: How a Conservation Easement Works

The Importance of Land Trusts to Forestry

pdf An Overview of Financial Alternatives for Land Conservation Transactions

pdf State of the Land 2006, A brief inventory of public and private land in the United States

13 Components of a Successful Transferable Development Right Program

pdf Conservation of Private Lands: Opportunities and Challenges for the States

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Private land conservation initiatives are a critical component of any state-level quality of life agenda. Although concerns over sprawl, including the loss of prime agricultural lands and significant green space, continue to be one of the underlying rallying cries in support of state-level smart growth initiatives, the fact remains that with few exceptions, conservation of privately-owned working lands has not received significant attention in smart growth literature or conferences.

pdf NextGen Conservation: Peninsula Open Space Trust engages Millennials in its mission.

pdf Farmland Conservation 2.0

pdf Finding Farmland

pdf Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative Guidelines

pdf Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities

Designing a Conservation Easement Amendment Policy

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How to can a land trust official identify and comply with legal restraints to amendment?  How can necessary flexibility be built into the easement document?  This paper reflects the earnest desire of an ardent conservationist to take full advantage of opportunities for flexibility that can be found within the law, recognizing that the needs of land ownership and the land itself, are by their nature subject to continual change.

Tools For Reducing High Property Taxes in Maine.

The Challenge of Maintaining Working Forests in 21st Century America

Protecting Nature, Harvesting Timber

Excerpts from California's Wildlife Action Plan applicable to Private Landowners

Alternatives to Real Estate Development Deriving Financial Benefits from Conservation and Mitigation Projects in Virginia - a Lender's Collateral Concerns

Forever Donation

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A landowner recently asked us: What is the best way to ensure that the land I donate is not sold? We put the question to the land trust community and it generated quite a bit of activity on the land trust listserv.

Transferring Wealth through Land Conservation

CALFED and the Bay-Delta Accord: Beginnings of an Integrated Approach to Water Policy and Use

Amos' Reading List

Hunters: A Force for Conservation

Massachusetts Court Clarifies Forest Property Tax Exemption

Green versus gray: Nature's solutions to infrastructure demands

Tara Wildlife Doing Business as a Sustainable Recreation Destination

Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts

Search our Partner Database of Conservation Success Stories

Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat is Cooperative Conservation America? CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories, lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices - a cumulative and evolving database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America's lands, waters, and wildlife.

 

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