Honoring Donor Intent
HOW CONSERVATION EASEMENTS AND LAND DONATIONS WORK
Buffalo River Foundation utilizes a variety of legal tools to honor donor's conservation goals on private property.
The most common is a conservation easement. A conservation easement grants BRF a limited interest in the land to protect the donor's conservation goals. The landowner maintains ownership of the property, while BRF has a duty to monitor the easement for compliance with the terms of the agreement. Conservation easements are permanent, staying in the property chain of title in perpetuity.
BRF accepts land donations. BRF works with landowner to develop an agreement on the use and disposition of the donated property. Such agreements may include conservation and ownership restrictions.
In limited cases, BRF will purchase a property on its own or in conjuction with a partner organization. Such properties have exceptional conservation, scenic, or recreational purposes.