Lower Ark's Conservation Easements
"On March 12, 2003,... the Lower District Land Trust was created by the District. This allowed the District to accept donated conservation easements to help preserve the beauty, open space, agricultural practices, and the rural way of life in the five counties" (Mark, Caitlin).
Bill Hancock, Conservation Program Manager takes care of all of the conservation easement needs for Lower Ark. His expertise paired with experience makes him a valuable member of Lower Ark's staff. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits use of the land in order to protect its conservation values. The purpose of a conservation easement is to ensure that the land that is being used is kept in agriculture, in perpetuity. A conservation easement can be an important thing to do if you want to preserve a family farm or ranch, stop development, taxes, preserve rural integrity, preserve habitat or scenic views.
If you are interested in doing a conservation easement, please come in and talk to Bill Hancock as he can get you started on the process.
Conservation Tid Bits:
2017 Conservation Easements
Please visit the following website for Income Tax Incentives for Land Conservation: