Experienced Attorneys in Ohio Conservation Law
In 1990, a local couple came to our firm to preserve their beautiful natural land in Medina County. It sounded like an easy project. It wasn’t.
Unfortunately, the property was not included in the “master plan” of the local park district. And national conservation organizations had different priorities that did not include Medina County, Ohio.
It was for this reason that Attorney Jeff Holland founded the Medina County Land Conservancy in 1991. That organization eventually merged with 7 others, and is now the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, preserving more than 40,000 acres of natural and rural land in Northern and Eastern Ohio.
Since that time, Holland & Muirden has been involved in many conservation projects for both individuals and non-profit organizations. We provide services to land owners, land trusts, conservation organizations, and governmental wildlife and open space agencies. Our lawyers have vast experience counseling clients regarding donated conservation easements, sale of conservation easements, sale of raw land for conservation and park purposes, other methods of conserving land according to the wishes of the landowner.
Holland & Muirden attorneys have helped many landowners realize significant federal income tax savings through properly structuring conservation transactions. In addition to the financial savings of land conservation, owners are able to ensure that their property will be managed with the same respect they have shown to their family land during their ownership, thereby leaving a natural legacy of permanent preservation for the land and the community that they love.
Holland & Muirden attorneys can help you make informed decisions about open space and conservation easement strategies.
Conservation easements are customized permanent restrictions on the use of land to protect significant conservation values such as wetlands, floodplains, streams, rivers, watersheds, mature forests, wetlands, prairies, meadows, wildlife habitat and other natural resources. These voluntary agreements are entered into between a landowner and a nonprofit or government conservation agency. Conservation easements can be developed as a stand alone action or as part of an estate plan. We can help you make informed decisions about your estate planning, tax, open space and conservation easement strategies.
Tax Benefits of Conservation Laws
By granting a conservation easement, landowners can realize significant tax savings in addition to the comfort in knowing that they are leaving a natural legacy of permanent preservation for the land and the community that they love.
Attorney Jeff Holland frequently makes public presentations promoting the legal, tax and public policy benefits of preserving land with conservation easements, including several courses qualifying for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for attorneys.