Land Conservation


Why Conserve?

There are many other reasons why people conserve their land.  Among them:

  • Protect natural resources for future generations
  • Preserve family history and heritage
  • Tax benefits
  • Financial return
  • Honor or memorialize a loved one.

There are three major conservation options: 1) place a conservation easement on your land; 2) donate your land; and 3) sell your land.

What is a Conservation Easement?

The Land Trust Alliance defines a conservation easement as “a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. Landowners retain many of their rights, including the right to own and use the land, sell it and  pass it on to their heirs.”

It is important to note that each easement is specifically tailored to protect the important values of the land, and to the extent feasible and practicable, the individual desires and goals of the landowner.

Find Out More About Land Conservation

Land Conservation Assistance Network

Land Trusts in New Hampshire

NRCS Conservation Easement Program

UNH Extension Land Conservation Resources

Financial Assistance for Landowners:

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Through EQIP, farmers and foresters may receive financial and technical help with conservation practices on agricultural land.  EQIP in New Hampshire offers financial assistance for estimated costs incurred for conservation practices.  Payments may also be made to encourage a farmer to adopt land management practices, such as nutrient management, manure management, integrated pest management, or wildlife habitat management.

NRCS Agriculture Management Assistance

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) is a voluntary conservation                   program supporting agriculture and environmental quality as compatible                     goals. Through AMA, farmers may receive financial and technical help with
conservation practices on agricultural land.

NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program

CSP encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations. CSP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources. CSP provides opportunities to both recognize excellent stewards and deliver valuable new conservation.

NRCS Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program

The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) is a competitive grants program that helps state and tribal governments increase public access to private lands for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting, fishing, nature watching or hiking.

NH Fish and Game Small Grants Program

NH Fish and Game’s Small Grants Program help landowners who own a minimum of 25 contiguous acres restore or enhance habitat for wildlife. Funding of up to $4,000 per year (no more than $10,000 over a ten-year period) is available for the creation and/or maintenance of wildlife habitat within the property. Projects that may qualify for funding include: brush clearing or mowing to maintain grasslands and shrublands; release of old apple trees; and maintenance of woodland openings. In exchange for the grant, landowners agree that their land will remain open for non-motorized public access activities, including hunting.

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