“My wife and I just drove to visit a family member in Troy, and on our way back to our home in Stuyvesant, I told her that I really love our little, rural town, and I hope it stays just the way it is. I know that CLC shares that wish, and that makes me hopeful that my children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy Columbia’s charm and beauty for all their lives.” – Ken Franklin

Are you a landowner wondering how you can keep Columbia County rural?  CLC works with landowners throughout Columbia County to protect farmland, forestland, and ecologically diverse wildlife habitat.  If you have questions about how CLC can help you protect land, please contact our staff!  We’re more than happy to talk through your options.

Protecting Your Privately Owned Land Through A Donated or Purchased Easement

You can protect your privately owned land while continuing to live on, utilize, and enjoy it, by entering into a conservation easement. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement that ensures the permanent protection of a property’s natural characteristics. Because conservation easements generally involve permanently forgoing some development rights, they have financial value, and can be donated.  You may be eligible for a tax deduction as well. In the case of qualifying working farmland, CLC will sometimes purchase an easement.

Selling or Donating Your Land for Conservation

Some landowners choose to convey all or part of their property outright to CLC for conservation purposes, either by donating the land, leaving it by will, or on occasion, through a sale of the land.  CLC also accepts gifts of land to be re-sold (but first protected, when appropriate) as part of our tradelands program to support our on-going conservation work.  Many of the lands owned by CLC have been established as Public Conservation Areas open for all to visit and enjoy.

More Tools Available to You

Our Conserve a Local Farm program helps sellers of working farmland identify conservation-minded farm buyers in order to help keep Columbia County rural.  A variety of other conservation tools, or a combination of such tools, may be available as well.  Our staff are available to help landowners learn about and think through various conservation scenarios.

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