Land conservation is a partnership. We could not do this work without the landowners that chose to protect their open and working lands. By conserving key lands in these valleys, our water, wildlife, working farms and ranches benefit, and we can ensure that there will be places and opportunities for outdoor learning and recreation for our youth and all members of our community.
For a detailed look at the process of conserving land, download our Landowner Packet.
1. Discuss your options with your family and with AVLT If you are a landowner interested in conserving your property, we suggest that your family discuss what you’d like your land to look like in 10, 20, 50 years, and we can create a plan that protects important resources while addressing your family’s goals. We respect that this is a personal and important decision for you and your family. Once we understand your vision and goals for the future of your property, we can explore your options.
2. Site visit, review, and project initiation AVLT staff will join you on your property to learn about your land and discuss your conservation goals.
3. Paperwork (Let us do the heavy lifting). AVLT will walk you through the entire process of conserving your land. We cannot represent you, but we can help you assemble a team of professionals to guide you through the details.
4. Create a conservation agreement for your land Each property and each project is different. Together, we will draft a customized agreement to address your specific conservation goals.
5. Sign, seal, deliver! This is the exciting day! We will meet to sign and submit the deed of conservation easement. At this point, the agreement becomes a part of the title to your land forever. You did it!
6. Apply for tax benefits, if eligible Your easement may provide tax benefits. You will want to consult with your accountant or tax advisor to help you understand and claim any tax benefits that may be available to you.
7. Stewarding your land and staying in touch You are now a trusted and important conservation partner. Your role as a caretaker and steward of the land continues, and we are here to serve as a helpful resource. We will touch base with you and visit your land each year. We look forward to these annual visits but please know that we are available any time to help answer questions or address concerns.
If you are interested in learning more about this process, please contact Erin Quinn, AVLT's Conservation Director, to learn more.
Aspen Valley Land Trust is dedicated to protecting land forever in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. For 55 years, AVLT has been a trusted community-supported conservation partner helping to ensure the natural and community health of our region.