Conservation Easements - Landowner Resources
North Carolina landowners have access to a wide range of programs that can help them achieve their goals of conserving natural resources and increasing the economic viability of their farms. Funding for these may come from federal, state or local agencies and elgiblity varies widely by county, region, type of farm and the natural resource concern. Below are a few resources that can help a landowner decide what options are available to best meet thier goals.
Planning for an Agriculture Future: A Guide for North Carolina Farmers and Local Governments - Information about various landowner options are outlined in the publication produced by American Farmland Trust with an expert advisory committee. Of particular interest for landowners is Section III. Planning for Conservation and the Environment. This section explains conservation programs that can help farmers in their role as stewards of the environments.
Voluntary Conservation Agreements: An Introduction for North Carolina Landowners - This publication answers basic questions that a landowner might have about conservation agreements or easements. It is a large file and it may take some time to download. For a printed version, please contact your local land trust or Conservation Trust for North Carolina.
Conservation Options for Your Land - This brochure provides options for selling, donating land or entering into a conservation easement. Publicshed by Conservation Trust for North Carolina.
Federal and State (NC) Tax Information - This document provides general tax informationfor donations or conservation easements. Please make note that conservation tax law is subject to change at anytime. It is encouraged for you to discuss with your personal tax advisor for the most recent information.