For over 30 years, Winnakee Land Trust has worked in partnership with private landowners to conserve thousands of acres of open space, forests, farms, wetlands and watersheds, and wildlife habitat that are critical to the region’s communities. Private lands encompass the majority of some of the Hudson Valley’s most critical vulnerable habitats and open spaces, and your land donation might be one of the most impactful things you can do for future generations.
As a landowner, Winnakee would love to hear from you so we can explore options regarding your land and legacy. Our Land Trust has partnered with many families navigating generational change to help them protect their cherished land. Our new forestry initiative is something not all landowners are aware of, and we encourage you to reach out for more details. We understand that conserving your land is an important decision. Please feel free to call our Land Protection Manager, Warren Rosenthal, at 845-835-1600 or email@example.com, so we can answer questions about how Winnakee can help you achieve your conservation vision for your land.
THE LASTING DIFFERENCE YOU CAN MAKE
If being a part of this effort interests you, there are many tools that can be used to make a difference for your family, your community, and the environment.
Winnakee will work with you closely and confidentially as you make decisions for your land, and will be there to ensure the land is stewarded and protected forever.
Today you have an opportunity to protect the scenic vistas, critical wetlands, farms and forest lands, which make this region so attractive. You can help to ensure that in one year, 10 years or 100 years — the natural lands and rural character that we love about the Hudson Valley will endure.
HOW CAN YOU PARTNER WITH WINNAKEE TO PERMANENTLY PROTECT YOUR LAND?
THE GIFT OF LAND
An outright gift of land for conservation is one of the most generous legacies a landowner can give future generations. Donating title of your land to create a preserve ensures the land’s permanent protection and offers significant financial advantages. These simple transactions provide land donors maximum income and estate tax benefits with transfer of ownership and management responsibilities to the Land Trust. In addition, Winnakee’s stewardship-focused conservation model ensures that these lands will benefit from long-term sustainable management plans that further enhance their contribution to our region’s environmental health and habitat restoration for imperiled species.
DONATING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS
Conservation easements allow donors to retain ownership and use of their land, including agriculture, while protecting its conservation value in perpetuity. A conservation easement is a powerful way for a private landowner to ensure the permanent protection of a special natural place.
Easement terms represent a voluntary legal agreement between the landowner and Winnakee, tailored to the specific property and the landowner’s goals. Landowners retain the right to sell, donate, or bequeath the land with the conservation easement carried on to all future owners so that the natural character of the land is protected forever. Provided that certain criteria are met, easements carry significant tax benefits. In addition, an easement on a cherished property may make the financial difference that enables your heirs to keep your land in the family. Click here to learn more about how Conservation Easements work and the tax benefits.
DONATION OF PROPERTY TO GENERATE CONSERVATION FUNDS
In some cases, other types of real estate is donated to the Land Trust with the understanding that it will be sold to generate needed funds for the organization’s conservation work. These generous gifts can create program support to further our mission while providing significant tax benefits to the donor. If the property has conservation value, the organization may sell the land subject to a conservation easement—generating income while ensuring the land’s long-term protection. This approach keeps the land in private ownership and on the tax rolls and generates proceeds to further additional land acquisitions. Depending on the details, this option enables the donor to quickly liquidate an asset, eliminate broker’s fees, and in most cases to take a charitable deduction for the fair market value of the property, as well as other tax benefits, while positively impacting future conservation.
BEQUESTS & GIFT PLANNING
Many landowners wish to retain maximum flexibility during their lifetime and choose to carry out their conservation plans through a bequest or a living trust. Through this approach, a landowner can conserve important lands by donating property to the land trust through their will. A bequest is a provision in the landowner’s will or revocable trust that instructs the estate’s executor to convey land or other assets to the land trust.
There are many ways to protect your land while deriving tax benefits and other advantages — all while supporting conservation. Your financial advisor can best advise you of the myriad benefits offered to your family as part of creating a lasting environmental legacy.
Stewarding lands to reach their optimal ecological potential is essential to Winnakee’s long term conservation strategy. Winnkaee is here to help provide landowners with resources to maximize the resiliency of their land, increase biodiversity and restore rare species habitats, control harmful invasives, and become part of globally important connective land corridors that secure pathways for many species survival.
To take the next step to explore options for conserving your land, please contact call our Land Protection Manager, Warren Rosenthal, at 845-835-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your questions and are here to help you and your family with resources on how you may benefit from conserving your land and leaving a lasting legacy.