Conservation Easements

What Landowners Say About Conservation Easements

"I want to make sure it’s treated gently down through the ages."

“By 1999, we were seeing urban sprawl on the horizon and wanted to protect our land from development. Under the easements, our use of the property for grazing does not change one iota. And when you look at this, and at how you want the Hills to be for future generations, everyone comes out a winner… I hope everybody would think about long-term options for their property and what they want the future to be like for their children and grandchildren.”
Barry Knapp, Plymouth County, Iowa

“I certainly didn't want my grandkids to drive by a new subdivision and say, ‘that used to be my granddad's ranch.’ The main reason we're doing an easement is because I want my grandkids and great-grandkids to be able to raise their children in the ranching atmosphere… to develop a dependability, a work ethic, an ability to improvise and solve problems, and a love and respect for the land. I spent 45 years developing this land into a sustainable, holistic property. What good is all that if, when I die, it all changes? If I don't protect it, I've wasted my time.”
Sid Goodloe, Capitan, New Mexico

“This is my land right now, but I’m just a steward, here to treat it gently. When I pass it on, I want to make sure it’s treated gently down through the ages.
Bob MacVeety, Southern Berkshires, Massachusetts

“I think people are misinformed about conservation easements. They think, the minute you place an easement on your property they [The Nature Conservancy or other easement holder] will come in and tell you to get the cattle off, and later that they will turn the land over to the government.… Some of my neighbors wonder why I’m doing this. And I say, because I believe in what we’re doing. It’s what I want to see happening on the Front.”
Karl Rappold, Rocky Mountain Front, Montana

“I am protecting these acres as a gift to our ancestors, remembering and appreciating all the hard work they put into this land. I feel really good about knowing that this land will be preserved forever.
Crestina Trujillo Armstrong, San Cristobal, New Mexico

“Some neighbors were pretty suspicious [of easements] at first, but things have changed. I’ve seen even a few of the old-time ranchers come around. This [the Silver Creek Valley] is where we’re going to make our stand. It’s got to be protected.”
John Stevenson, Silver Creek Valley, Idaho

Having a tool like a conservation easement allows us to still be able to use and enjoy our property, allow worthwhile public use of those lands, while at the same time ensuring its long-term protection for generations to come.”
Tim Myrick, Shady Valley, Tennessee

“We realize our land has surging economic value, but it has overwhelming ecological value as well. Our goal is to preserve the property for future family generations and for the many native plants and animals which call our farm home.
The late Paul Taylor, Orem, Utah

“The conservation easement has had a very positive impact because my children and future generations can continue ranching without the fear of housing developments threatening their livelihood.”
Stacey Scott, Casper Mountain, Wyoming

“We’re not just evaluating the land’s financial value. We want to leave the earth better than when we started. You can’t put a dollar figure on benefiting the planet and future generations.
Cathy Fisher, Lewes, Delaware


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