By Aaren Mathison
Are you interested in protecting the natural resources on your land? Is your land home to an abundance of wildlife and plant diversity? Maybe you want to protect your land from development in the future? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a conservation easement may be right for you.
Conservation easements are voluntary agreements through which current landowners can limit the use and development of their land, as well as preserve its natural or cultural features for the future. In many instances, landowners receive an initial financial incentive and/or tax benefits for the conservation easement.
The land remains in private ownership, and public access is not required for a conservation easement. When the land is transferred to a new owner, the easement stays with the land, ensuring it is preserved for years to come.
If you have any questions, or are interested in conservation easements, you can contact the Fillmore County SWCD at (507) 765-3878, ext 3, or email me at email@example.com.