How Land Trusts Work
Conserving the Land
The landowners in and around West Central Idaho play a vital role in conserving the rural landscapes that define our region. Private landowners can help conserve their heritage, community, and land through a Conservation Easement. A Conservation Easement can be as simple as limiting specific development rights while the land owner retains the land as private property. As a landowner, you decide what type of legacy to leave for future generations.
A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a qualified organization, such as Payette Land Trust, that limits certain uses of the land – like a subdivision – in order to conserve the natural and traditional values of the land. Landowners grant conservation easements to protect the resources of their property while retaining the rights of private ownership. The terms of the conservation easement represent a mutual agreement between the landowner and the land trust. Granting a conservation easement does not mean that the landowner must grant public access to his or her property. We work only with willing landowners and do not ask the landowner to enter into an agreement that he or she is not satisfied with.
Conserving open spaces, productive agricultural lands, and wildlife habitat enhance the West Central Mountains of Idaho by:
- Providing Economic and Health Benefits for All. Open spaces increase recreational opportunities, improve community health, enhance overall quality of life and emotional well-being, attract businesses to our communities and increase the value of our property.
- Protecting the Beauty of Central Idaho Forever. Conservation Easements encourage private landowners to voluntarily protect valuable land that makes up the history, unique heritage, and scenic landscapes of our beautiful region.
- Providing a Voluntary Option to Protect Private Land.Conservation agreements provide the public benefits at a fraction of the cost of an outright purchase of lands for conservation.
Land Owner Benefits
Along with community benefits, there are many benefits to the landowner who chooses to conserve his or her land. To learn more about this visit our Land Owner Tools page.
Frequently Asked Questions About Land Trusts and the Benefits of Conservation
What is a Land Trust?
A land trust is a nonprofit organization that works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements.