Eleven Point River Conservancy
Creating a Conservation Easement

Thank you for contacting the Eleven Point River Conservancy about donating a conservation easement. You have made an important decision in wanting to see that your land remains as it is for future generations. You and EPRC will follow a number of steps on our way to the final signing and recordation of the Deed of Conservation Easement, the legal document which will make your conservation plan official. You should consult with your own legal and financial advisors throughout the process.

Step One

  • Landowner contacts EPRC for general information concerning land protection.
  • Landowner provides a legal description of property.
  • EPRC visits the site to makes a preliminary assessment of the property.

    Step Two

  • Landowner and EPRC discuss landowner's long-term goals for the property.
  • If the landowner plans to claim an IRS income tax deduction, landowner investigates having a qualified appraiser's report completed no more than 60 days before the signing of the easement.
  • Landowner and EPRC talk about the need for long-term monitoring the land and EPRC's Land Protection Fund. Landowner should consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Land Protection Fund to provide for future monitoring and protection. Often this is done by applying some of the tax savings, which may result from donation of the easement.
  • EPRC provides landowner with a model Deed of Conservation Easement.

    Step Three

  • Landowner and EPRC discuss landowner's plans in terms of allowed practices and stewardship for the property.
  • Landowner writes a "letter of intent" to donate a conservation easement to the Eleven Point River Conservancy.
  • EPRC begins to assist landowner in compiling an inventory of the conservation values of the property.
  • Landowner contacts Missouri Department of Conservation to obtain a no-charge no-obligation Forest Stewardship Plan.
  • Landowner informs EPRC of intentions regarding a Land Protection Fund donation.
  • Landowner obtains a "subordination agreement" from mortgage-lender, if appropriate. This is an agreement that ensures the easement will never be extinguished in the event of a foreclosure.
  • EPRC creates a baseline definition of the property to be protected.

    Step Four

  • Both parties discuss and create a draft conservation easement by modifying EPRC's model easement to reflect the unique conservation values the property.
  • Landowner discusses draft conservation easement with their legal and financial advisors.
  • If the landowner plans to claim an IRS income tax deduction, landowner schedules a qualified appraiser's report to be completed no more than 60 days before the signing of the easement.
  • EPRC will have a title search conducted. Landowner and EPRC resolve any issues identified in the title report.
  • A survey of the property will be conducted if necessary.

    Step Five

  • Landowner and EPRC negotiate final deed of conservation easement.
  • All attachments for the easement are assembled; such as maps, reports, conservation features inventory, subordination agreement.

    Step Six

  • A final version of the conservation easement is produced.
  • Landowner and EPRC representative sign the easement and have it notarized.
  • EPRC has Deed of Conservation Easement recorded at the county.

    Step Seven

  • With landowner's permission, EPRC hosts a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of the easement and permanent protection of the land.