Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Land owners may donate conservation easements to DLC. In return, the land owners may claim tax benefits enabling them to make their ranch or property a sustainable operation. The general public benefits because these properties are protected for perpetuity from development. To qualify the land proposed for a conservation easement must show significant conservation values: creates critical wildlife habitat, preserves scenic views and or protects important open spaces.
DLC monitors all properties annually that are held under conservation easements to insure that the land remains undeveloped and that conditions for wildlife habitat are maintained or improved.
Without the option of donating a conservation easement, many private land owners may be forced to sell all or part of their property to developers in order to survive financially. Once these natural areas are developed into homes, subdivisions or businesses it is lost forever.
The success of our programs are seen in the scenic views, public recreation, and diverse wildlife habitat protection of Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson Counties.