Rincon Institute
What is a Conservation Easement?
Currently, Rincon Institute holds three conservation easements protecting approximately 190 acres along important riparian areas and federally protected land within the Tanque Verde and Rincon Valleys. So what does that mean; what is a conservation easement? A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust (a private nonprofit conservation organization, such as the Rincon Institute) or government agency that limits a property's uses in order to protect its conservation values. Property consists of a group of distinct rights, which include agricultural rights (the right to farm or ranch), development rights (the right to subdivide the land, construct buildings, etc.), mineral rights (the right to mine), hunting rights, water rights, as well as the right to exclude others from the property. Therefore, when you own land, you also "own" many rights associated with it. When you donate or sell a conservation easement to a land trust, you permanently give up some of those rights.

A growing number of landowners in Arizona and other western states are concerned about the changes that are occurring around expanding urban areas such as Tucson, and the implications these changes have for their land and lifestyle, as well as for future generations. With a conservation easement, you permanently protect your land without giving up ownership. You can continue to live on it and use it, and can sell it or pass it on to heirs. What's more, you can reduce future estate taxes-taxes that otherwise could rob your children of their legacy and result in the destruction of one more beautiful piece of land.  For more information on how you can protect your land and leave a legacy for future generations please contact, Lynsey Gould at (520) 647-7388 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .     Related Reading Material: Conservation Options for Landowners, The Rincon Institute; Protecting Your Land with a Conservation Easement, Land Trust Alliance; Conservation Options for Private Landowners, Land Trust Alliance.