"What I love is that the land we protect today will be safeguarded forever. That's what NVCT is all about – applying conservation expertise to serve the best interests of our landowners, community and the plants and animals that occupy these lands."
-Matt Gerhart, NVCT Conservation Director
The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust is committed to saving nearby nature across the region, with more than 8,000 acres conserved in the last 25 years.
We work collaboratively with landowners to conserve land in the northern Virginia region. Whether or not to protect your land involves a thoughtful review of the goals you have for your property, its features, financial considerations, and your family’s vision for your property's future. NVCT is committed to helping you assess the various options available to you.
Since the community benefits from the conservation of open spaces and natural areas, there are potential tax incentives available for private landowners who conserve and donate their land. NVCT can help you examine the possible federal and state income tax implications associated with your property, in addition to the federal, state, and local real estate and estate tax benefits and reductions that may apply to you and your property.
Land Conservation Options
Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements that landowners enter to permanently restrict the uses of their land.
Conservation easements are NVCT’s most common, most effective way of protecting land.
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A gift of land for conservation is a generous legacy a landowner can provide to future generations, as well as to honor those who came before them.
Like other donations, there are significant tax deductions and tax credits that provide incentives for people to make gifts of conserved land.
Permanently protect the land you love
Retain the right to own and operate the property
Extract some of the land’s cash value now without having to sell the property
Maintain the ability to sell the property later (subject to easement restrictions)
Assist in estate planning
Ability to take direct action that can benefit the entire community
Every property is unique. Likewise, every conservation easement is different and tailored to that property. NVCT gives landowners all their options, but it is essential to consult your own legal and tax professionals for advice before any transaction.
Name: Hidden Covey Farm
Location: Loudoun County
Agriculture and Forestry
Scenic Open Space
Public Access: No
Partners: NRCS; VLCF; Loudoun County (co-holder)