Frequently Asked Questions—land trusts and conservation easements
Land Trusts Faqs
We unite conservation nonprofits and serve as the central voice of the land trust community in Oregon. At COLT, have over 25 members—conservation organizations—and we are officially registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
A conservation easement is a negotiated agreement between a landowner and a land trust to protect private land. The landowner wishes to limit usage on the land to permanently protect it’s value and, in most cases, conservation easements effectively codify how the landowners already manage their property, thereby protecting their legacy for years to come. By law, conservation easements must accomplish at least one of these three conservation purposes: protection of open space (including farmland, ranchland and forestland); protection of a relatively natural habitat for fish, wildlife or plants; or protection of lands for education or outdoor recreation for the general public.