Land Trusts and Easements

What is a Land Trust?

A land trust is an entity, typically not-for-profit, which accommodates long term landowner wishes through conservation easements or holding of title in order to perpetually protect real assets.

The Land Learning Foundation (LLF) is a member of the Land Trust Alliance (Alliance). The Alliance is an organization that supports qualifying land trusts and creates standards of practice to which they are to adhere. LLF is taking the initiative to become an accredited land trust through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This means that LLF will have proven that each item of the Standards and Practices of the Alliance has been thoroughly implemented.  LLF focuses its land trust initiatives toward the environmental and agricultural landscapes of northern Missouri.

Conservation Easements

A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a third party such as The Land Learning Foundation (LLF).  LLF works with landowners to ensure the use of the property protects its conservation values. Landowners will still own their land and can continue use of the property except for those restricted in the easement.  Protections vary from easement to easement.  Conservation easements are typically perpetual, but can be for a period of years.  Perpetual conservation easements run with the land and future ownerships will be subject to the protections set out in the conservation easements.

There is currently a federal tax incentive in place for conservation easement donations. If you would like to place a conservation easement on your property to conserve unique and precious natural resources, you can still use your land while also receiving a deduction.  There are new tax incentives for those donating conservation easements which can be used over 15 year period.

We suggest that you consult your tax professional to learn more and to receive advice specific to your situation.

Contact us if you have any questions.


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