Conservation Easements - Landowner Resources
North Carolina landowners have access to a wide range of programs that can help them achieve their goals of conserving natural resources and increasing the economic viability of their farms. Funding for these may come from federal, state or local agencies and elgiblity varies widely by county, region, type of farm and the natural resource concern. Below are a few resources that can help a landowner decide what options are available to best meet thier goals.
Planning for an Agriculture Future: A Guide for North Carolina Farmers and Local Governments - Information about various landowner options are outlined in the publication produced by American Farmland Trust with an expert advisory committee. Of particular interest for landowners is Section III. Planning for Conservation and the Environment. This section explains conservation programs that can help farmers in their role as stewards of the environments.
Federal and State (NC) Tax Information - This document provides general tax informationfor donations or conservation easements. Please make note that conservation tax law is subject to change at anytime. It is encouraged for you to discuss with your personal tax advisor for the most recent information.
Living with Your Conservation Easement - This resource provides answers to some frequently asked questions regarding conservation easements. There are different types of conservation easements, and these FAQs address some common points for landowners to consider about how their land may be impacted by having a conservation easement.
Find a Land Trust - Land trusts are a valuable resource for landowners interested in pursing a conservation easement. Land trusts are entities eligible to receive public funding for conservation easements and can hold conservation easements. Landowners can use this tool provided by the Land Trust Alliance to find information about their local land trusts.
Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund - The ADFP Trust Fund is a program within NCDA&CS’s Farmland Preservation Division. Landowners can work through their local county government or conservation nonprofit organization to apply for state funding to place their farmland under a conservation easement.