Conservation Benefits

DLC is an active member of The Land Trust Alliance, the national representative of more than 1,600 land trusts across America.

What are the economic impacts to my community of conserving open space?

Many reports have shown that conserving open space in communities around the U.S. attracts jobs, enhances property values, and saves billions in government costs. Read more about these studies.

Are there tax benefits associated with land protection?

There may be income and property tax benefits for donating your land, donating a conservation easement, or selling the property as a “bargain sale” at below market value. The amount and type of tax benefits depends on a variety of factors, including the legal tool you’ve used to protect your land, the value of the donation, your income level and the total amount of your estate. Again, you should consult with a financial advisor and/or an attorney to fully understand the tax implications. Land Trust Alliance sells a variety of books and pamphlets that provide basic information on this subject.