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 50,000 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. Our lawyers have experience with a number of conservation issues, including:
- Conservation Easements
- Deed restrictions
- CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation)
- Timber rights
- Farmland preservation
- Parkland transactions
- Homeowner association restrictions
- PUD (Planned Unit Developments)
- Open space developments
- Wetland mitigation
A conservation project can result in significant estate, income tax or property tax savings, along with the satisfaction and peace of mind that comes from protecting family land and creating a permanent, natural legacy for generations to come.
Holland & Muirden 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, wildlife habitat, forests, wetlands, farmland, and other natural resources. These voluntary agreements are entered into between a landowner and a nonprofit or government conservation agency. Conservation easements can be an important part of an estate plan.
Tax Benefits of Conservation Laws
By granting a conservation easement, landowners can realize significant estate, income and/or property 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 courses qualifying for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for attorneys.