Protect or Give Land

Protect land

Every conservation easement placed on a piece of Tennessee land furthers our mission. You can protect your land while still owning, living on, farming, fishing, hunting and passing it down. More details

Give land

The Land Trust also accepts outright gifts of land. This can be a good option in certain circumstances because this donation:

  • Releases you from the responsibility of owning and managing the land.
  • May provide you with substantial income tax deductions.
  • Reduces the estate tax burden on your heirs.
  • Will likely enable your family to avoid the capital gains taxes you’d face if you sold the property yourself.
  • Gives you the peace of mind to know your land is in good hands and is protected for the enjoyment of future generations.

We accept donations of two types of land:

With both of the following scenarios, you can take a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift and likely avoid capital gains taxes that could have resulted from selling the land yourself.

  • LAND WITH SPECIAL CONSERVATION FEATURES: This is a special piece of land that donors wish to be protected forever. Most donors of land wish to have a say in how The Land Trust will use or manage their land in the future, so we encourage you to meet with us and discuss your goals.
  • LAND THAT DOESN’T HAVE CONSERVATION VALUE or “TRADE LANDS”: This would include commercial buildings, condos, urban properties or other structures that would be donated to The Land Trust. We will then sell or trade the property to help fund our conservation work. You can even designate the area of our work that you would like the sale of your property to fund.

Donating your land by will is also an option.

Learn more about planned giving.

 

Request more information about gifting land:

 

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