Conserve Land

The landowners in and around Valley County play a vital role preserving the diverse natural landscapes that define our region. As landowners, it is up to you to decide what type of legacy you wish to leave for future generations.


Our organization is available to help you make long-term conservation plans for your property using various techniques. Your choice of which technique to use depends upon your goals for the property, the natural characteristics of the land, and your financial objectives. Your options include the following:


Donating land to Payette Land Trust is truly one of the finest legacies you can leave for future generations.

The donation of any interest in land to a qualified charitable organization, such as Payette Land Trust, may provide substantial income and/ or estate tax benefits, as well as avoidance of taxation on capital gains. A landowner should seek professional legal and tax advice when considering these conservation options. We will help facilitate this.

Fee Simple.

An owner may donate the entire fee simple interest in the property to Payette Land Trust.

Reserved Life Estate.

An owner may donate their property subject to a reserved life estate, meaning that the landowner and other identified persons can continue to live on the donated property during their lifetimes.

Last Will and Testament.

A donation via your Last Will and Testament lets you enjoy full lifetime use of the property while ensuring that its conservation values will be protected for future generations. Careful estate planning can also reduce or eliminate the potentially devastating estate tax burdens faced by heirs.


There are also several land donation mechanisms through which a landowner may establish a regular income stream via annuity payments during the donor’s life.


Payette Land Trust may accept properties which are not considered of high conservation value, yet would provide significant financial support to our ongoing efforts. By accepting these lands and reselling them, we raise funds to put towards the campaigns and projects most important to the community.



A  conservation easement is one of the most effective tools for the permanent protection of private lands. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and the Payette Land Trust which restricts the use of a particular property in accordance with the landowner’s vision for the property.

Conservation Easements are used to achieve a variety of conservation purposes, including open space preservation, agricultural preservation, natural resource protection, and public recreation. The conservation easement is recorded and is binding on successive owners of the property in perpetuity. That means, forever.

Flexible tool.

A conservation easement is tailored for each property based on the preservation goals of the landowner and the Payette Land Trust. For example, an easements may prohibit development over scenic landscapes; prohibit non-agricultural uses over agricultural land; restrict timber harvests to sustainable levels over forest land; or require that land be kept “forever wild” over natural areas.

Land remains in private ownership.

Landowners retain title to the land and continue to occupy and use the lands under the terms of the Conservation Easement. A subsequent owner would also be obligated to use the lands under the terms of the Conservation Easement. A conservation easement is an excellent tool for families who wish to keep their land intact to pass on to the next generation.


A landowner may offer bargain sale (that is, selling the property for a price which is less than fair market value) to the Payette Land Trust. PLT uses fundraisers and other efforts to buy pieces of land that fit their preservation goals. A bargain sale offers potential income tax benefits to the seller, as the difference between the appraised fair market value and the sale price is considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

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