Forestry and Natural Resources


Conservation Easements: A Management Tool for Working Forests

Clemson Extension Program Team

Forestry and Natural Resources

Publication Date

Winter 2-9-2021

Publication Number

LGP 1106


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.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

forest landowners