Big Sur Land Trust’s conservation easements are voluntary agreements between a landowner and the Land Trust granting us a partial interest in the property and assuring that the land remains privately owned and managed in perpetuity, under terms that preserve the owner's intentions and the conservation values of the property.

We view conservation easements as an important method of ensuring that land management choices on private lands reflect and reinforce a respectful and productive relationship with the landowner(s) and their heirs for maintaining working lands, habitats and open space.

The Land Trust acquires conservation easements by purchase, bargain sale or donation. Donated conservation easements that meet the requirements of Internal revenue code, section 170(h) may qualify as tax-deductible charitable donations and may result in property tax savings. Please contact Associate Director of Conservation Nicole Nedeff for more information