New tax incentives are available for private landowners interested in protecting the important conservation values of their lands through the donation of conservation easements. Learn more about this unique opportunity.
Conservation easements are one of the most powerful, effective tools available for the permanent conservation of private lands in the United States. The use of conservation easements has successfully protected millions of acres of wildlife habitat and open space, keeping land in private hands and generating significant public benefits.
A conservation easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents development from taking place on a piece of property now and in the future, while protecting the property’s ecological or open-space values. Learn more about how a conservation easement works.
For more than four decades, The Nature Conservancy has been using conservation easements to protect landscapes from development — affording them better protection than could be accomplished through outright purchase.
In the Blackfoot Valley of Montana, for instance the Conservancy accepted the state’s first conservation easement on 1,800 acres in the mid-1970s. Today, 30,254 acres in the Blackfoot are covered by easements — and it is one of the most intact landscapes in all of Montana.
Read a primer on conservation easements and how the Conservancy implements them. (pdf)
Read fact sheets on easements across the country.
Learn how the Conservancy, in partnership with others, keeps landscapes intact and habitat unfragmented through the use of easements.
Discover just how widespread this critical tool has become.
See what landowners say about conservation easements
Learn about this innovative revolving fund, which depends on conservation easements for its success.
If you are interested in conservation easements on your property or in your local area, please contact your local Nature Conservancy office.
If you are a reporter and are interested in more information about conservation easements, please contact Media Relations at The Nature Conservancy.