Eleven Point River Conservancy
Who We Are - What We Do
The Eleven Point River Conservancy was founded in 2002 to protect and preserve lands of natural, scenic,
historic, agricultural, recretional, or ecological significance to the waters of the Eleven Point River.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that follows strict state and federal guidelines to operate
as a land trust. We have a volunteer board of directors that is dedicated to working with the communities
of the Eleven Point River valley.
To insure the continued well being of the Eleven Point River and its watershed.
To be good neighbors with the residents of the Eleven Point River region.
To be good stewards of the land under our trust.
To encourage appreciation of the unique beauty of the Eleven Point region and its ecology.
To raise the awareness of the public concerning land conservation issues.
What are Land Trusts?
Land Trusts have developed over the last century in response to a need that many people felt to
protect lands from undue development. Over the years land trusts have developed several tools to preserve
land. Among these are conservation easements, land donations, community
involvement, and watershed planning. We work with willing and interested landowners to optimise the current
use of their land while providing permanent protection. Land trusts work with communities, governments,
landowners, and citizens to protect land from over-development or industrial abuse. Land
trusts do not try to take people's lands.
Conservation easements are our most important tool.
Conservation easements allow for the permanent protection of the land without the land trust
organization owning the land or the passage of some government law or regulation.
Conservation easements are tailored to each land owner's needs.
Conservation easements do not allow public access to the land unless without the property owner's permision.
Conservation easements are a legal agreement that restricts the the type and amount of development
of a landowner's property.
Conservation easements are forever.
Landowners who grant conservation easements may benefit from income tax deductions, lower estate taxes,
and possibly other tax benefits.
Some of the everyday duties of a land trust include preparing baseline studies of proposed
lands for conservation easements, annual easements inspections, landowners' consultations,
community awareness activities, fundraising activities, and land management research.