Conservation Options

 

Landowners interested in protecting their land have options that include perpetual land conservation agreements, land donations and bargain sales of land.

 

LAND CONSERVATION AGREEMENTS

Most landowners who work with Black Swamp Conservancy protect their land with a perpetual land conservation agreement known as a conservation easement. The landowner agrees to restrict the use of the land in order to protect its conservation values. In the case of an agricultural land conservation agreement, most non-agricultural activities are prohibited to protect the productivity of the soils and the land’s water resources. A land conservation agreement on a woods, wetland, meadow or on streamside land prohibits residential and commercial development and usually limits construction to structures necessary for a nature preserve.

 

 **2016 LAEPP NOTICE**

Farmland owners in northwest Ohio who are interested in the LAEPP can only apply for the funding through Black Swamp Conservancy. For the 2016 funding round, the Conservancy will be accepting applications from Fulton, Hancock, Lucas, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood Counties. Click on the following forms for more information (2016 LAEPP Deadlines / 2016 LAEPP Screening Form). Contact Chris Collier by email or at 419-833-1025 for more information.

 

LAND CONSERVATION AGREEMENTS FAQ

Contact Chris Collier at Black Swamp Conservancy to discuss perpetual land conservation agreements.

 

LAND DONATION

A landowner may make an outright donation, making a gift of their land to our Conservancy. A landowner also has the option of making a donation by will, in which land is donated to our Conservancy through that person’s will (testamentary gift).

 

BARGAIN SALE

Black Swamp Conservancy buys the property from the landowner for less than its fair market value, reducing our cost and offering tax benefits to the seller.

 

OTHER OPTIONS

Another option is retaining a life estate. In that case, the landowner sells or donates the land, but retains the right to live on the land throughout his or her lifetime.

Contact the Executive Director at Black Swamp Conservancy to discuss land donations, bargain sales or retained life estates.

 

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