"We wanted to preserve and improve the land and a conservation easement was a perfect way to accomplish these goals. The easement process was totally positive for us. We have enjoyed our association with the Texas Land Conservancy and all of the people who have supported us by providing information and guidance as we work to improve conditions for our native plants and wildlife."     -Carolyn and Roy Horton (conserved their property, Sandylands Ranch, with the TLC in 2006)

Our Conservation Easement Documents:

Landowner Questionnaire  - If you are interested in an easement please complete this form

Conservation Easement Timeline - An overview of a typical conservation easement process, chronologically.

Sample Conservation Easement - While every easement contains provisions specific to your needs, we start with a basic template that ensures perpetual protection.

Due Diligence List for Easements - These documents are required in order to complete a conservation easement with TLC.

IRS Form 8283 - In order to qualify for a tax deduction, this form will need to be submitted with your tax return for the year in which you donated your conservation easement.

IRS Form 8283 Instructions

Other Resources:

Institute of Renewable Natural Resources - This Texas A&M University Institute fosters research and extension programs focused on natural resource science and management.

Texas Land Trends project - Offers an incredible array of information and research regarding land fragmentation trends, property values, agricultural land loss, and land use.

Texas Land Trust Council - This service organization for the 40 land trusts in Texas provide information and learning oportunities for landowners interested in conserving their land.

Land Trust Alliance - This is the national service organization for land trusts and is an excellent resource for learning about the land trust movment on a national scale, including efforts to make tax benefits better for landowners who donate conservation easements.

Attorney General of Texas - The Attorney General has published a Texas Landowner's Bill of Rights, with information about your rights regarding condemnation and eminent domain. 

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