How do I get started in protecting my land?
Most of the properties protected by the Schoharie Land Trust begin as places special to their owners--either as long-time family homes, or lands that have emotional bonds with people, or open space that the present possessor sees as important for the future. If you have one of these personally exceptional places, and want to preserve its special character, you have come to the right place!
The most common tool for land protection, and the one that has the most benefits and flexibility for the landowner, is a conservation easement. We recommend you start by reading the definition of a conservation easement here. An easement can be customized to suit your needs, while preserving the conservation values of the land.
We also suggest you look over the tax benefits of a conservation easement. Although many landowners want to keep their land as open space, financial constraints can keep them from achieving this goal. The federal, state and local tax reductions of an easement may make the difference between preserving land and developing it.
If you would like to view a sample conservation easement go here. Pleae note that is is an example only--each easement is tailored to the needs and wishes of the landowner.
After reviewing this information, you may well have questions or want more specific information on what the land trust does. At this point, you should feel free to contact us. We will be pleased to discuss your land and your wishes for it, and explore if we can help with a conservation easement, or with other assistance in saving your land for the future.
Not every contact we have with landowners ends up with a conservation partnership, but we are always happy to talk about your wishes for your special place. Please get in touch with us here.