What is a conservation easement?

Conservation easements are the most common tool PLC uses to protect land. They are voluntary legal agreements which help landowners permanently protect their family lands from future intensive development and subdivision. Conservation easements preserve private ownership and also preserve the natural characteristics of family land. They also offer potential estate and income tax benefits. Conservation easements are negotiable documents that match owners’ property-use needs with long term benefits to their community.

Conservation easements are:


Conservation easements are completely voluntary and appropriate for landowners who wish to permanently protect and preserve the land they love.


Conservation easements do not require access to your land by the public- you retain control of who visits your land.


Conservation easements with PLC permanently protect land. To qualify for tax benefits, a conservation easement must be made in perpetuity. Although future owners must abide by the easement terms, the land can be bought, sold and inherited the same as all other lands. A competent title search will disclose the easement to future owners.


Conservation easements are as unique as the land they protect. The easement can be crafted to meet the specific needs of the owner.


A conservation easement creates a permanent legacy. It is a wonderful way to honor the memory of a family member who instilled a love and respect for land in subsequent generations. Such a decision should not be made in haste. Our staff will meet with landowners and their families to discuss all aspects of a conservation easement.


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Please download and complete our initial survey so we can best understand your goals and land. Questions? Call 336-691-0088

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PLC protects land using a variety of flexible tools, depending on landowner interests and the conservation values of the land.

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PLC’s most commonly used conservation tool.

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A brief overview of tax considerations related to conserving your land.

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