There are many “tools” in our conservation toolbox. Conservation easements and donations of land are some of the ways we work with landowners to protect critical conservation values. Other tools include bequests of land and reserving a life estate. Read more about these and other conservation options.
We work with landowners to discuss individual needs and concerns related to their land and find the best way to permanently preserve the conservation values on priority tracts. One way to achieve this is through conservation easements. This method allows landowners to continue to own and use their land, while voluntarily restricting its development rights. In other cases, a landowner may wish to entrust SAHC to own the land as a preserve. We accept donations of land and conservation easements, making the donor eligible for tax benefits. In rare cases we have applied for grants to enable us to pay landowners for land or conservation easements that qualify for specific grant programs.