We rely on a number of sophisticated legal tools, funding sources, and real estate principles to guide our work. Before we take on a project, we are bound to assess the conservation value of the land. This means the project must have at least one of the following values:
- Recreation or education
- Habitat protection
- Open space protection that yields significant public benefit
- Historic preservation
Once we agree to pursue a conservation project, we work closely with landowners to create an agreement that benefits the local resources while meeting the needs of the owner. In the end, we believe it all comes down to people.
How we help create public parks
We work with landowners and many partners to help create public spaces from protected land. Often, the Land Conservancy will act as a pre-acquisition agent to support our public partners. That means that we provide a full range of services, including conservation planning, purchase of real property interests, short-term financing and long-term funding and ongoing stewardship. It takes true partnership to create and protect these public spaces, and we celebrate everyone who helps create the parks that families throughout our region enjoy every day.
How we protect private lands
A landowner may wish to protect his or her property from development while keeping its ownership in the family. A conservation easement is a tool we often use to keep the land in private ownership while protecting it forever. The first, second and third thing we do in working with landowners is to understand their needs. Each landowner is different, unique. The good news: We are experts in partnering with families to meet their special needs, whether they own a working farm, a resource-rich natural land or rural property. We take time to get to know these families; to talk with them about their options; and to review the financial or tax benefits they may receive by protecting their property. The landowners we work with come from all kinds of backgrounds, reflecting the vast diversity of the region we serve. But they all have one thing in common: love of their land. We honor these families and thank them for the gift they give to future generations.
How we protect working farms
Farming families have special and unique needs and interests when it comes to protecting land. We understand those needs and work hard to create an approach that goes beyond expectations. We have staff members who come from farming backgrounds, and they are dedicated to getting to know these families and working closely with them. Through our thoughtful and attentive approach, the Land Conservancy has been able to preserve everything from small, diversified organic farms to large scale production farms. Farming is a vital element to the ongoing health and well-being of our region. We honor those who are willing to protect this rich heritage.