A PERMANENT SOLUTION? We have dream — it is a long shot, but a “conservation easement” that could preserve lands surrounded by the Red Rock NCA once and for all. Learn more about the Conservation Easement ultimate solution and tell your County Commissioners to give the Nature Conservancy and others time to study this option.
Conservation easements protect land for future generations
- A conservation easement selectively targets only those rights necessary to protect specific conservation values, such as subdivision and high density development, and is individually tailored to meet a landowner’s needs.
- There is no one-size-fits-all conservation easement. Each one is individually tailored to meet conservation objectives and the needs of the landowner, such as the need to continue to derive income from the land through mining, at the same time potentially providing the owner with tax benefits.
- Because the land remains in private ownership, with the remainder of the rights intact, an easement property continues to provide economic benefits for the area in the form of jobs, economic activity and property taxes.
- A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement on the land in perpetuity. A conservation easement is legally binding, whether the property is sold or passed on to heirs.
- The rights conveyed in a conservation easement, such as the right to subdivide, have been established over two decades of case law as having real value.
- Conservation easements do not mean properties are automatically opened up to public access unless so specified in an easement.
- 3.2 million acres are currently held under conservation easement by the Nature Conservancy.
- All information from The Nature Conservancy website.