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What benefits do I receive
by protecting my land?

If you donate any or all of the rights to your land to protect its unique characteristics, you will protect the land for future generations. In so doing, you may also be eligible for substantial state and federal tax credits and reductions. These may include reduced property and estate taxes, charitable gift tax benefits, and tax deductions for the value of the donated land. Visit tax incentives related to land conservation for more information.

While funding for purchases is often limited, in certain cases local governments, state agencies and land trusts can purchase land or conservation easements from landowners. Click here for information about such programs. Contact the Office of Land Conservation at (804) 225-2048 to learn about other opportunities for landowners to sell easements or land.