We own several preserves outright, known as ownership-in-fee. These properties were either purchased at full market value, were a discounted “bargain sale” (a useful tool for maximizing your tax deduction) or donated outright by the landowners. All of our properties have dedicated stewardship funds to help maintain the land forever- the responsibility we shoulder as a land trust.
Easements are a valuable tool for permanently protecting land that remains under private ownership. Customized for each property, these conditions run with the land, protecting it from development threats now and in the future. Hanover Conservancy-held easements are monitored annually.