CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS 101

Conservation easements are a permanent and voluntary agreement between a landowner and a qualified organization. The objective is to restrict development, preserve the ranching heritage and protect native wildlife habitat and the environment of Kansas. Scenic view sheds and historic & cultural resources are also positively impacted by easement objectives. The conservation agreement remains in place even with a change in ownership.

Conserving the ranching heritage of Kansas is the priority of RTK, however easements are unique to each owner, landscape and usage. A conservation easement can be either funded through grants (sometimes referred to as purchased), donated or a combination of both which is referred to as a bargain easement. Financial incentives for participating in a conservation easement include federal tax deductions, estate tax benefits, property tax benefits or a cash payment.

LANDOWNER APPLICATION

To begin a conservation legacy, landowners must request and complete the application enclosed in the project packet. RTK staff and the board of directors can then initiate the process. Conveying land can take substantial time and the number of projects RTK can accept annually varies each year.

Project Application >>

UNDERSTANDING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

Conservation easements, resources and the goals of landowners vary with each project. There are three types of easements: donated, funded or a combination of the two called a bargain easement. Depending on the landowner’s intentions and current funding resources, an easement will be one of three types of easements. Each begins with a general deed.

Types of Easements: Donated, Funded or Bargain >>
Sample Conservation Easement Deed >>

COSTS & BENEFITS

There are multiple financial and non-financial incentives for conveying land. Financial benefits include federal, estate and property tax incentives. Non-financial incentives protect the land, its future use and your wishes for generations to come.

Costs & Benefits Overview >>

FAQ's

How a conservation easement operates and funding requirements has recently changed. In some instances, the 2018 Farm Bill and IRS changes to tax laws have decreased the matching requirements for RTK and landowners to convey land for conservation. Knowing the latest facts on land trusts and incentives will help you stay informed.

Conservation Easement Facts >>

STEPS FOR COMPLETING A CONSERVATION EASEMENT

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