Preserving the Best of North Carolina

Mountain farmWe all know that North Carolina’s beautiful natural areas draw people to live and vacation here.  We’ve got smashing surf and pristine beaches, enchanting tidal marshes and slow-flowing black water rivers, bounteous farms, healthy forests with ample wildlife habitat, pristine mountain creeks and majestic peaks. We’re lucky to live here!

Conserving these natural lands provides numerous public benefits – safe drinking water, clean air, fresh and local foods, parks and trails for outdoor exercise, scenic views that boost the tourism economy, and extensive habitat for wildlife. Read more about land conservation’s benefits for everyone.

Substantial benefits may also be available for landowners who want to preserve the land they love. Conservation options include:

  • Selling the land in fee simple to a land trust or government agency, for a cash payment
  • Selling a lasting conservation agreement (easement) that allows the landowner to retain ownership in exchange for agreeing to restrictions on development and subdivision, for a cash payment
  • Donating (or selling for less than full value) the land in fee simple in exchange for federal income tax deductions.
  • Donating (or selling for less than full value) a conservation easement in exchange for federal tax deductions.



OVT Superintendent Paul Carson and others hike the Trail on Heffner Gap property

Perhaps the most important benefit of all is the satisfaction and peace of mind from knowing that you’ve conserved the land you love, guaranteeing that it will be as beautiful in the future as it is today.

For more details about conservation options, click here.

North Carolina’s 24 land trusts stand ready to discuss conservation options with landowners and work with them to protect their properties.

Read about land trusts’ special programs to conserve land to protect water quality, preserve family farms, and save scenic vistas.

CTNC’s own land protection focus is the scenic and natural corridor of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Working with landowners, land trusts, and government agencies such as the National Park Service, we’ve conserved over 32,000 acres along the Parkway in 57 places. Read more about our Parkway protection work.