Conservation Easements: A Management Tool for Working Forests
Clemson Extension Program Team
Forestry and Natural Resources
South Carolina, as well as the entire United States, is facing a significant shift in private land ownership within the next several decades as property is passed to the next generation. The entire southeast region is also facing increasing threats from urbanization. Sale of property for non-timber uses, reduction or elimination of current forestry practices, or subdivision among heirs into tracts too small to feasibly manage for sustainable forestry are all potential impacts of land ownership transitions. Conservation easements are a feasible option for some forest landowners to continue their management regimes, protect the conservation values they hold for their property, receive a financial incentive to facilitate continued management, or reduce estate tax liability.
Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension
Steele J. Protecting Working Forests with Conservation Easements. Clemson (SC): Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension; 2021 Feb. LGP 1106. http://lgpress.clemson.edu/publication/protecting-working-forests-with-conservation-easements/.