Saving the Ranch: Conservation Easement Design in the American West

Hardback
With land values skyrocketing and cattle prices falling, ranchers across the American West are seeking to capitalize on a lifetime of stewardship. The solution for many comes in the form of a conservation easement-a voluntary legal agreement that permanently protects the conservation values of a property by limiting or restricting future development. Saving the Ranch is a concise and readable guide to conservation easements for ranchers, conservationists, and developers concerned with protecting the natural and scenic values of ranch lands in the western United States. The book shows how ranchers can reduce estate taxes, generate and shelter income, and combine land conservation with estate planning. Case studies explore how conservation easements have been used, helping readers to understand the variety of circumstanees under which easements can be effective. Throughout the book, photographs, maps, and illustrations bring to life the examples presented and the situations described. Saving the Ranch gives ranchers the information they need to continue their stewardship of natural resources while identifying and capturing the conservation value of their land.