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How do I determine the value of a donated easement?

by Bergen Tjossem

Only a qualified real estate appraiser can determine the value of an easement donation for tax purposes. The appraiser will consider the property’s ‘highest and best use’ — under current zoning — and its value with an easement on it. …

If I donate an easement, what are the tax benefits?

by Bergen Tjossem

A gift of a conservation easement frequently benefits a landowner by permanently protecting the important conservation qualities of the property without the landowner having to give up ownership, and by creating immediate tax advantages. Easements that are (1) permanent, (2) …

What happens to the easement if I sell the land or die?

by Bergen Tjossem

A conserved land may be sold or passed down to one’s heirs. The easement agreement remains a permanent part of the title and will run with the land even after its transfer. The landowner may continue to use and enjoy …

What is a conservation easement?

by Bergen Tjossem

A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a charitable organization or government entity that permanently preserves scenic or agricultural open space, natural habitat, or recreational areas (conservation values) for the benefit of the public. The …

How does the Eagle Valley Land Trust protect land?

by Bergen Tjossem

The Eagle Valley Land Trust is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1982 to preserve the important wildlife habitat, magnificent scenic vistas and historic ranching heritage that are integral to the character and quality of live in …