Laramie, Wyo – Landowners donated conservation easements in record numbers last year to protect their land from future development.
The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming received more than 11-thousand acres of land in 2007. Associate State Director Paula Hunker says much of it was adjacent to public land, or already-donated private lands. She says that means large areas are now protected from subdivisions and other threats.
"I always like to say the reason you should put a conservation easement on your land are that you love your land, you love your land, you love your land," Hunker says. "Those are the three reasons."
Another incentive was a 2006 federal tax law that offered deductions for easements. That law expired on December 31st. But Hunker says a permanent version is moving through Congress.