Tools For Land Protection
There are many circumstances that influence the appropriate tool for protecting a certain property. In most cases, a conservation easement is the right way to go. A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement in which the landowner permanently limits the type and amount of development that can take place on a parcel of land. This agreement requires the Land Trust to protect the land forever, even when ownership of the land changes. Sometimes, the Land Trust purchases a conservation easement. More often, however, a landowner will donate an easement in order to place protective restrictions on future uses of their land.
Protecting land is easier when using the right tool.
Some landowners would prefer to transfer fee ownership of the land to the Land Trust or to use the Trust as a broker for the transfer of land to another protection agency. Land acquisitions can result from the strategic, proactive identification of parcels in need of protection; other times the impetus comes from a landowner seeking to preserve cherished lands. To acquire fee ownership we may purchase the land, accept a donation of land or of the funds to purchase that land, or accept a bequest.
How Do I Protect My Land?
Landowners like you have been deeply connected with the land in Hawai‘i for centuries. Ultimately most want to protect their land because they want it to remain beautiful and vibrant. The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust ensures your love of the land endures for generations to come.
Interested in Private Land Protection? Trust us, we can help.
In addition to the desire to protect the land you love, you may also be eligible for tax benefits. This can be especially important for families with large properties who wish to reduce estate taxes when their lands are passed on to the next generation. There are many ways to constitute a land protection agreement and HILT is prepared to work with your tax advisors and lawyers in creating an outcome that is tailored to their needs.
I Want To Protect My Land
Considering protecting your land? Please call your Island Director to discuss whether Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is the best fit for your needs.
Maui, Moloka‘i & Lana‘i: Scott Fisher, Associate Executive Director - Conservation & Maui Island Director (808) 357-7739
O‘ahu: Christina "Tina" Aiu, O‘ahu Island Director (808) 498-8385
Hawai‘i Island: Janet Britt, Hawai‘i Island Director (808) 769-4343
Kaua‘i: Angela Anderson, Kaua‘i to Island Director (808) 755-5707