Conserving Your Land

Conserving Your Land

Find out more about permanently protecting your land with a Conservation Easement.

Intro to Conservation Easements

An easement is a voluntary land preservation agreement between a landowner and a land conservation organization, designed to protect the agricultural resources, forest resources, scenic open space, or wildlife habitat that may exist on a property. 

Learn about the public benefits of easements, reasons you may want to donate, the tax implications, and who you might work with on an easement donation.

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Resources for Professionals

Information for Attorneys, Accountants, and other Professionals -- summary of State and Federal Tax Incentives.

 

 

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For the Love of the Land

For the Love of the Land features 100 conservation success stories from across Virginia, representing every legislative district—a sampling from among thousands of places in the Commonwealth that are now protected forever. At a time when many of the special places in Virginia could easily be lost, these stories remind us why land conservation is so important.

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More about Conserving Your Land

PEC Reports on Local Land Conservation Totals for 2018

Feb 01, 2019
The Piedmont Environmental Council reports a total of 408,939 acres have been protected in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties by…

New IRS Proposal Would Hurt Land Conservation in Virginia

Sep 20, 2018
On August 27, 2018 the IRS proposed new regulations changing how it would characterize state income tax credits (such as the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit “LPTC”) that are received when…

Help Protect Virginia's Piedmont

Oct 06, 2017
Land conservation is critical to protecting the water we drink, conserving the farms that grow our food, providing habitat for plants and animals, and saving special places that have shaped our…

From the Piedmont View

The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

Albemarle County Reaches Conservation Milestone

Mar 08, 2019
Only the second locality in the state to reach such a milestone, Albemarle County surpassed 100,000 acres of land permanently protected by conservation easements! In 2018, an additional 1,055 acres…

2019 General Assembly: What Happened?

Mar 08, 2019
The 2019 General Assembly Session has concluded. The budget and surviving legislation is now with the Governor awaiting action. It was a fast-paced short session -- roughly 45 days in which thousands…

Speaking Up for Land Conservation

Dec 14, 2018
(By Rex Linville) My job with The Piedmont Environmental Council usually has me visiting farms and forests in Albemarle and Greene counties and advising landowners on conservation strategies for…

Protecting the Goose Creek Watershed

Dec 14, 2018
PEC was recently awarded a $15,600 grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment to further our work identifying and prioritizing opportunities to implement agricultural best management practices…

President's Letter - Winter 2018

Dec 14, 2018
When PEC was created in 1972, the underlying motivation for many of the founders was to help the communities where they lived and the landscape they loved respond to massive forces of change. Thank…

Conservation Questions?

Our Land Conservation Staff work throughout the Piedmont.

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Free Easement Packet

Important information about conservation easements -- including a sample PEC Easement and guidelines on how to proceed with donating a easement.

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