Deciding to protect your land in perpetuity is a personal decision - and we at Bear-Paw understand that. We speak almost daily with property owners who have just started to consider conserving their land and are looking for information about their options. Conserving your land starts with your vision for its future. It also involves your financial and tax circumstances, the value of the land itself, and the conservation goals of Bear-Paw Regional Greenways.
To learn more about how to protect your land, click here.
Landowner contributions are often an important part of the land protection projects that Bear-Paw works on. Some landowners are able to donate the entire value of a conservation easement on their property while others contribute to projects by selling a conservation easement below the appraised market value (a "bargain sale"). In each case, landowners can often deduct the donated portion on their federal tax return. Conservation easements or gifts of land can offer donors substantial federal income tax and estate tax advantages.
For more details on the tax impacts of donated easements and land, click here.
If you would like to discuss your specific situation in more detail, please contact the Bear-Paw office or one of our Board Members.