Dear Southwest Ohio Landowner,

You may want your land to remain forever free from any future development. Or, you may want to plan for limited uses that preserve the special character of your land.

Either way, you have the right to determine today what happens to your land in the future.  It is a great power, and a choice you can make to permanently protect your land from unwanted future development. Or, plan for uses that preserve the special character of your family's land.

Land protection options to legally preserve your land are made available by CLC. These include the Conservation Easement, which can also bring important tax benefits, such as an income tax deduction and reduced property and estate taxes.  If you decide to take action now, you can rest assured that your desires to preserve your land are legally established.

If you wish to learn more about how you can preserve your land, please call Laura Curliss, President of CLC's Board of Directors, 513-600-7171, or Roland Johnson, Vice-President, 513-574-7256.

What is a Conservation Easement? A Conservation Easement (CE) provides a time-honored and legal way for families to preserve their lands. It assures landowners that their wishes for preservation of their property will be honored forever.

(Photo: Provided by Stan Lockwood)

(Photo: Provided by Stan Lockwood)

  • The CE is a legal document -- an agreement between the landowner and the land trust that accepts it. It is a deed restriction that permanently limits a property's future uses.
  • Each CE document is individually drafted to meet the personal needs of the landowner.
  • The CE is donated to a qualified land trust, which in turn agrees to monitor the land to assure that the conditions of the easement are met over time.
  • The CE is recorded in the County Recorders office, and becomes part of the property's title.
  • Future owners of the property are bound by the CE's terms.

Landowners continue to own their home and land -- and live there. They can also mortgage the property, lease it or sell it -- or pass it on to their heirs.

Income Tax Incentives for Land Conservation

For landowners, donating a conservation easement is a way to protect places they love. It’s also a major financial decision. When landowners donate a conservation easement, they give up part of the value of their property — often their family’s biggest asset. Tax incentives offset some of that loss in property value, making conservation a viable option for more landowners.  Click to read Land Trust Alliance article about Income tax Incentives.