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Conservation Easements

The landowner tool to protect land in perpetuity.

Conservation easements are a useful tool for land owners who want to protect their land from inappropriate development. The donors of conservation easements retain title to their property, but agree to limit or completely give certain rights they have in their land, such as the right to subdivide, construct buildings, irrigate, harvest timber, or restrict access. If the donation qualifies as a charitable contribution, it may reduce income and estate taxes.

Conservation easements affect land in perpetuity. As such, it is very important for potential donors to understand fully the immediate and long-term effect the conservation easement will have on their land, and make informed decisions about giving up development rights. Our attorneys are especially well-versed in the myriad of issues that arise in negotiating an easement. In addition to representing clients in conservation easement transactions covering over 150,000 acres of land, we have participated in conservation programs and served leadership roles in organizations committed to conservation, such as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and the Texas Wildlife Association.