Conservation easements are typically funded by one or more conservation agencies - either state or federal. The greatest tax benefits are given to those who are able to donate the purchase price of the easement.
Donated Easements - when the landowner donates the purchase price of the conservation easement for significant tax benefits.
Funded Easements – when the purchase price of the conservation easement is paid for by one or more funding organizations, groups or agencies. This still offers tax benefits to the landowner.
Mitigation Easements – help to offset expected adverse impacts of development on loss of farmland, habitat or riparian areas. Paid for by the developer or mitigating group.
Combination Easement – The ranchers’ needs may require the blending of any combination of the above three easement types.