Conserving Your Land


From farmers to scenic property owners, woodlot managers to owners of land with wildlife habitats, the Genesee Valley Conservancy works with landowners who want to ensure that the natural resources that make their property, and the Genesee Valley region, special are conserved according to their wishes throughout time.

Like the individuals the Genesee Valley Conservancy works with, every parcel of land has a unique set of characteristics and circumstances. When exploring conservation options, these characteristics and circumstances must be considered to best suit both the property and the needs of the landowner. The Genesee Valley Conservancy utilizes different conservation methods to help landowners achieve their goals while developing regional conservation networks for the benefit of the entire community.

To learn more about conservation tools and protecting your property, contact Genesee Valley Conservancy.

Conservation Easements

One of the main tools the Genesee Valley Conservancy utilizes to protect important natural resources on privately owned property is a legal agreement called a conservation easement. A conservation easement becomes permanently attached to the land, protecting the property’s natural characteristics and resources through the limitation of certain agreed upon land uses.

Conservation easements enable the land's natural value and function to be protected in perpetuity without affecting the property’s ownership.  This means the property can still be bequeathed, sold, and enjoyed, while creating a lasting legacy of land for future generations.

Transfers of Property

The Genesee Valley Conservancy also works with landowners interested in transferring ownership of their property for conservation purposes.  Depending on the property and the wishes of the landowner, a nature preserve may be established, like the existing Indian Fort Nature Preserve, Railroad Bed Trail, and John W. Chanler Island Preserve. This allows for public access and use of the property for education and recreation with the assurance that the land’s important natural resources will be protected.

Donated properties best suited to remain in private ownership (too small for a nature preserve, etc.) are accepted as well, and can be protected by conservation easement and sold to raise funds for additional conservation work in the region.