Protecting Your Land

There are many different ways in which you and the Little Traverse Conservancy can work together to protect your land. Whether you want to maintain ownership, sell, or donate your land for protection, explore all of your options for permanently protecting the scenic and conservation values of your property.
Landowner Options Booklet

Few more enduring legacies can be imagined than the protection of a natural landscape. The Conservancy accepts gifts of land which has special ecological, recreational, or scenic value. Land which does not meet these criteria may be donated with the understanding that the Conservancy will sell the land and use the proceeds to purchase other significant natural land. In either case, you may claim an income tax deduction based on the fair market value of the land at the time of the gift. The Conservancy is happy to name the resulting nature preserve in your honor or in the memory of a loved one.

Leaving land to the Conservancy in your will allows you to retain full use and control of the land during your lifetime, yet ensures its care after you are gone. Because the gift must be formally accepted after your death, we urge you to share your plans with us in advance so that we may assure you that the gift meets our criteria for acceptance.

Land is occasionally purchased for conservation purposes by various governmental units and by the Conservancy. Sales below market value (“bargain sales”) involve the gift of a portion of the property’s value by the donor. The value of the gifted portion can be deducted from the donor’s federal income taxes.

A working forest reserve is a relatively new category of protected lands for LTC. LTC’s working forest reserves are