Does my land may qualify for a conservation easement?

  1. In selecting lands for protection by conservation easement donation or acquisition, BACT uses the following criteria (as well as the IRS criteria defined in Sec. 170(h)(4)(A) of the IRS code):
  2. Lands which offer significant relief from urban and suburban encroachment and which help to define the rural character of the community.
  3. Lands which provide scenic views from public roads or trail corridors.
  4. Lands which provide trail corridors or will provide other public recreational opportunities consistent with the conservation values of the property.
  5. Lands which provide a buffer or are adjacent to or are in close proximity to existing protected areas, thus broadening an area of protected land and enhancing viable trail corridors or other recreational opportunities or habitat for plants and wildlife.
  6. Lands which are important for preserving the quality and quantity of surface or underground waters, or for providing the natural control of flooding (such as wetlands, alluvial and high water table soils, and riparian buffers).
  7. Lands which contain habitat for plant or animal species classified by the state or federal government as rare, endangered, or threatened.
  8. Lands which contain exemplary or critical habitat for plant or animal species not classified as rare, endangered, or threatened.
  9. Lands which are of sufficient size that the resources being protected are likely to remain intact even if adjacent unprotected properties are developed.
  10. Lands which are reasonably determined to be free from any hazardous wastes, or other contamination which could expose the Trust to litigation.
  11. Lands which are reasonably determined to allow physical access for inspection and will not present difficulties in monitoring the site.