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Conservation Law

Experienced Ohio Conservation Law Attorneys

In 1990, a local couple came to our firm to preserve their beautiful natural land. It sounded like an easy conservation project. It wasn’t.

Unfortunately, the property was not included in the master plan for the local park district. And national organizations had different priorities that did not include Northeast Ohio.

So, in 1991, Attorney Jeff Holland along with a dedicated few founded the Medina County Land Conservancy. That non-profit organization eventually merged with 7 others.  It is now the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, preserving more than 51,000 acres of natural and rural land in Northern and Eastern Ohio.  WRLC is now one of the most respected and innovative land trusts in the country.

Northeast Ohio Conservation Attorneys: Representing Conservation Nonprofits and more

Over the past 25+ years, Holland & Muirden has worked on conservation projects for both individuals and non-profit organizations, including issues involving:

  • 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 land preservation strategies.

Conservation Easements

Ohio Conservation Easements

Conservation easements are voluntary agreements between a landowner and a nonprofit or government agency to permanently protect significant conservation values such as wetlands, floodplains, streams, wildlife habitat, forests, wetlands,  farmland, and other natural resources. Each conservation easement can be customized to meet the needs of the landowner and each unique property.

Attorney Jeff Holland is a proud conservation easement donor, and can attest that conservation easements can be an important part of an estate plan.

Tax Benefits of a Conservation Easement

Landowners can realize significant estate, income and/or property tax savings with a conservation easement, in addition to the comfort in knowing that they are leaving a permanent natural legacy for future generations.

Community Engagement

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.

Ohio Land Conservation Lawyers: Medina, Fairlawn, Cleveland, Wadsworth, Richfield, Brunswick, Akron, and more