Protect Your Land

Put your land in our hands!

We are here to help you protect a place you love, preserve the functionality of your land, conserve the character of your community, maintain a link to the past, and create a legacy!

For more context about why land conservation is important, check out the Land Trust Alliance's overview here.

Conservation easements are legal agreements that restrict certain development rights on a property, while allowing a landowner to maintain ownership. The KLT works with a landowner so that their wishes and goals for the land are taken into account. When a conservation easement is donated, the landowner receives significant federal income tax benefits. The Kingston Land Trust takes on the responsibility of monitoring and enforcing the conservation easement.

**In addition to discussing conservation options with The Kingston Land Trust, we also encourage landowners to consult with their own legal or tax advisor**

Follow this link to see answers to commonly asked questions about conservation easements (by the Land Trust Alliance). 

When a landowner donates or sells land to the Kingston Land Trust, they are released from the responsibility of managing the land. The KLT holds title to the land, and this type of land protection is called fee ownership. In the case of a land donation, the landowner can also receive substantial income tax deductions and estate tax benefits. As a small land trust, the KLT often works with partner organizations to fund land purchases.

The KLT accepts land donations based on our capacity, as well as the land meeting our acquisition criteria. The KLT is more likely to accept a donation of land if there is an associated contribution for longterm stewardship.

At times, the KLT will identify a piece of land that it would like to see protected and is therefore willing to purchase this land. In this case the KLT would try to negotiate a bargain sale with the landowner.

**In addition to discussing conservation options with The Kingston Land Trust, we also encourage landowners to consult with their own legal or tax advisor**

Click here for more information on deciding whether to use fee ownership or a conservation easement to protect a property