Wood River Land Trust works with private landowners and local communities to protect and restore land, water, and wildlife habitat. Three primary land protection methods are conservation easements (or conservation agreements), donations of land, and bargain sales of land; your attorney and/or accountant can explain the tax benefits. The Land Trust also partners with local, state and federal agencies for preservation of lands important to the health of our environment and our communities.
Conservation easements are legal agreements between a landowner and Wood River Land Trust, and future owners are also bound by the terms of the easement. These agreements define a property’s uses to protect the land’s biological health such as its clean water, wildlife habitat, and native plants and may also protect its farmland and scenic views. When landowners enter into a conservation agreement, they voluntarily give up some of the rights associated with owning land in order to protect the land’s health. For example, a landowner might give up the right to build additional residences or harvest timber while retaining the right to grow crops. These limitations are binding forever, and future owners are also bound by the agreement’s terms.