SERVICES - Purchase Conservation Easements
The Wyoming Land Trust acquires conservation easements in one of two ways: We either accept them as charitable donations or purchase them from landowners who may not have the income against which to take a tax deduction. If a landowner donates an easement, he or she can deduct the easement’s value as a charitable gift on their federal income and estate taxes. If a landowner sells an easement, he or she can use the sale proceeds to improve their operation, retire debt, or invest for the future. Our organization works with every landowner to ensure that the conservation easement meets that landowner’s needs and goals.
We raise money to purchase easements from a variety of sources. Past easement purchases involved everything from $5 and $10 gifts from community members to six-figure gifts from donors like the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust. We’ve worked with natural gas mitigation funds, federal funds like the NRCS Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, and charitable foundations like Doris Duke. Easement sellers typically play a role as well by selling their easements to us at a discount through a “bargain sale.” In a very real way, every gift matters.
For more information on selling WLT a conservation easement please follow the links below:
- Conservation Easements Explained
- Steps to Selling an Easement
- Request More Information from WLT
- See our Completed Projects on the Map
For more information on donating a conservation easement, please click here.