The Katy Land Trust protects land primarily through conservation agreements (often referred to as conservation easements). Conservation easements allow landowners to continue to enjoy their private property while agreeing not to develop their land or otherwise harm the value of the protected area. Conservation agreements are an attractive option to a growing number of landowners across the country for a number of reasons:
As an alternative, some landowners decide to donate their land to the Land Trust outright for use as a publicly accessible nature preserve. This approach, in which the Land Trust owns and operates the land, can have tax benefits as well. To learn more about how conservation agreements work, and if a conservation agreement may be right for you and your family, contact us. The Katy Land Trust's professional staff can help guide you through the process, starting with our flexible template agreement and customizing it to meet your needs.