How To Save Your Land

Conservation Easements
Conservation Organizations - Local
Conservation Organizations - National
Land Trusts
Legal Help, Political Groups
Grants and Funding Info
Estate Planning


CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

The restrictions placed on land by a conservation easement diminish the land's value and therefore, the taxes on it. The land owners may still live there, and are even allowed to sell the land, pass it down to family members, donate it to a park, and so forth; depending on how the easement is written.

Visit this website for an excellent article on conservation easements:
http://www.natlands.org/categories/article.asp?fldArticleId=85

CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS --LOCAL

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association 
www.beavercreekwetlands.org
 
(937) 320-9042) 
The mission of the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association is to protect the wetland ecosystems in the Beaver Creek watershed through partnerships, community networks, and public education.

Little Miami, Inc
www.littlemiami.com
 
Founded in 1967, Little Miami, Inc. (LMI) is dedicated to the conservation of the Little Miami National & State Scenic River. LMI's conservation efforts focus on riparian forest protection and water quality protection.

Rural Land Alliance 
www.landalliance.org
 
The Rural Land Alliance, a non-profit corporation,†is a private organization working to help preserve green space in Ohio.

Three Valley Conservation Trust 
www.3vct.org
The Three Valley Conservation Trust is a community-based, non-governmental, nonprofit corporation incorporated in Ohio. It works to conserve the natural environment and cultural heritage in the Four Mile/Seven Mile, Indian Creek and Twin Creek valleys.

Tecumseh Land Trust
www.tecumsehlandtrust.org

The Tecumseh Land Trust of Greene and Clark Counties is a private, not-for-profit conservation organization. Its purpose is to preserve agricultural land, open space, and historic structures in voluntary cooperation with landowners and their heirs, and to educate the public about methods of private land conservation.

Greenways of Greater Dayton can help connect you with the people you need to get a conservation easement. Contact us!

CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS -- NATIONAL

American Land Conservancy
www.alcnet.org/alc-home.php
Founded in 1990, the American Land Conservancy is a private, non-profit organization that works to preserve and protect our nation's natural resources by working in close partnership with communities, private landowners, local land trusts and public lands agencies.

American Farmland Trust
www.farmland.org
Founded in 1980, the American Farmland Trust has helped win permanent protection for over a million acres of American farmland. Its hard work and sound strategies unite farmers, environmentalists and policymakers.

Farmland Information Center
www.farmlandinfo.org
The FIC is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service American Farmland Trust. At its website, you will find a collection of materials, agricultural and land use statistics, laws, literature, and technical resources related to farmland protection and stewardship.

Land Trust Alliance www.lta.org
The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. It is the national convener, strategist and representative of more than 1,500 land trusts across America.

The Nature Conservancy
www.nature.org
The Nature Conservancy mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

The Trust for Public Lands
www.tpl.org
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

The Wilderness Society
www.wilderness.org
Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has used scientific expertise, analysis and bold advocacy at the highest levels to save, protect and restore America's wilderness areas.

LAND TRUSTS

Land Trust Alliance
www.lta.org
The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. It is the national convener, strategist and representative of more than 1,500 land trusts across America.

The Trust for Public Lands
www.tpl.org
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

American Farmland Trust
www.farmland.org
Founded in 1980, the American Farmland Trust has helped win permanent protection for over a million acres of American farmland. Its hard work and sound strategies unite farmers, environmentalists and policymakers.

Tecumseh Land Trust
tecumsehlandtrust.org
The Tecumseh Land Trust of Greene and Clark Counties is a private, not-for-profit conservation organization. Its purpose is to preserve agricultural land, open space, and historic structures in voluntary cooperation with landowners and their heirs, and to educate the public about methods of private land conservation.

GRANTS AND FUNDING INFO

Clean Ohio Fund 

www.epa.state.oh.us/cleanohio.html

The Clean Ohio Fund, created by House Bill 3 in November, 2000, consists of four competitive funding programs. 
If you are familiar with the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund and would like to go directly to the 
Ohio EPA’s applicable rules, regulations and forms...


The Conservation Fund 

www.conservationfund.org

Since 1985, The Conservation Fund has been forging partnerships to preserve our nation's outdoor heritage: wildlife habitat, working landscapes and community open space. It is recognized as the nation’s top environmental nonprofit by the American Institute of Philanthropy...

The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society
 
http://www.wilderness.org/
Forestlands harbor a variety of important societal and environmental values, from wild spaces for recreation to clean drinking water and habitat for wildlife species. These values are most efficiently provided by publicly owned land. But in the eastern United States, only 15 percent of forestland is publicly owned, compared to 68 percent in states west of the Mississippi River...
Conservation Capital: Sources of Public Funding for Land Conservation

LEGAL HELP, POLITICAL GROUPS

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Advisory Group
www.sugarcreekopenspace.com
The Sugarcreek Township Open Space Advisory Committee provides a foundation for planning, decision making and managing the Township's key scenic open spaces toward the fulfillment of the Township Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The committee will develop criteria and methods of acquiring open space land, identify critical and desirable parcels, and recommend those parcels to Township Trustees for purchase.

Community Rights Counsel
www.communityrights.org
Defending the laws that make our communities livable, environmentally sound, and socially just, the CRC protects ecosystems, open space, and historic landmarks; combats anti-environmental judicial activism; exposes judicial lobbying by special interests; helps state and local officials defend community protections; promotes smart growth and livable communities.

Ohio League of Conservation Voters
www.olcv.org
Developed by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national conservation organization, the new LandVote Database serves as the premier source of information about conservation ballot measures. The database, accessed online at www.tpl.org, brings together a five-year, comprehensive history for all conservation-related ballot measures that have been voted on since 1999.

Preserving Family Lands
www.stevesmall.com
Website is dedicated to helping individuals preserve land. Steve Small has written three excellent books on the subject.

ESTATE PLANNING
Check with your County Extension Office about classes in estate planning.

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