You may be wondering: Where can I learn more about my options as a landowner? What else do I need to know about conservation easements, life estates, and deed restrictions? Is there funding available for my conservation easement? What are the current tax incentives?
Please download the following fact sheets to learn more about land conservation:
The following websites provide additional information regarding land conservation, conservation easements, deed restrictions, and other options that may be helpful as you consider your options:
Land Trust Alliance: A national organization representing land trusts throughout the country. Updated information on federal law and links to other lands trusts.
Private Landowner Network: A national organization organized to support landowners considering conservation options on their private land.
SELT is one of several land conservation organizations that serve greater Strafford and Rockingham Counties. The following are some of the organizations that work in all or part of our service area. For a complete list please visit The New Hampshire Land Trust Coalition. We encourage landowners to reach out to any of the land trusts and find the organization that best matches your goals.
Bear-Paw Regional Greenways is a land trust with a mission to permanently conserve a network of lands that protects the region’s water, wildlife habitat, forests, and farmland. Bear-Paw works to conserve open space through outreach, education, and land protection project assistance in Candia, Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood, Nottingham, Raymond, Strafford, Pittsfield, Allenstown, Barnstead, and Hooksett New Hampshire.
Moose Mountain Regional Greenways is a land trust serving the seven towns of the Moose Mountains region in New Hampshire (Wolfeboro, Wakefield, Brookfield, Middleton, New Durham, Milton, and Farmington). Their goal is to conserve lands important to the natural resources and quality of life in the region.
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is dedicated to protecting the state’s most important landscapes while promoting the wise use of its renewable natural resources.
The Nature Conservancy, NH Chapter is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Programs that provide funding for the purchase of conservation easements include the following:
Agricultural Land Easement Program: Administered by the US Natural Resources Conservation Service, this program focuses on conserving highly productive agricultural soils. Landowners must partner with eligible conservation organizations or communities to apply for funding.
Wetlands Reserve Easement Program: This program is also administered by the US Natural Resources Conservation Service and is focused on wetland resources, especially resources that have been degraded or damaged. Landowners apply directly to the program.
Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP): This state authority provides matching grants to communities and conservation organizations to protect significant natural and historic resources. Landowners must partner with eligible conservation organizations or communities to apply for funding. The state funds this program through a $25 fee assessed on each deed or mortgage recorded.