Bluegrass Land Conservancy protects land in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region through permanent conservation easements. We seek to ensure a future where the region’s distinctive soils, cultural heritage, scenic vistas, natural resources, and farms are preserved forever. As a nationally accredited, community supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust, we work on a voluntary basis with landowners, community groups, and municipalities to encourage the preservation of land for agricultural viability, natural habitat, rural heritage, and scenic open space.
Bluegrass Land Conservancy protects land through donated conservation easements. Also called a conservation agreement, a conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust which protects a property’s agricultural viability, natural habitat, rural heritage, and/or scenic open space in perpetuity. Conservation easements are flexible documents tailored to each property and the needs of individual landowners. They may cover an entire parcel or portions of property.
A conservation easement is a complex legal agreement, which is intended to protect property in perpetuity. Its preparation requires the input of many professionals. Landowners are encouraged to consult with their legal and tax advisors when donating a conservation easement. A landowner should anticipate some expenses in donating an easement including the costs of lawyers, accountants, appraisers, and other advisers; as well as a stewardship contribution to ensure the permanent protection of their land. Financial assistance may be available.
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