Gallatin Valley Land Trust partners with private landowners to conserve our heritage of open landscapes, working farms and ranches, healthy rivers, and wildlife habitat in Gallatin Valley and the surrounding communities. We use voluntary agreements known as conservation easements to limit development while keeping these irreplaceable landscapes in private ownership and management.
Each conservation easement is tailored for the property’s unique resources and for the landowner’s vision. The agreements run with title to the land and last in perpetuity. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust is responsible for making sure the easement’s terms are upheld through our stewardship program.
In addition to the personal benefit of knowing your land will be conserved in enduring ways, the donation of an easement may provide important financial benefits to you and your family. The gift of an easement may result in a charitable income tax deduction and can often help with estate and other tax planning. In some cases, GVLT can help find funding to compensate landowners for a portion of the development rights they have given up. Click here to read more about conserving your land.
Since GVLT’s first conservation easement in 1991, we have partnered with 89 families to conserve over 42,000 acres of land in Southwest Montana.