Families conserve their land for many reasons. Most want know the land they love will remain whole beyond their lifetimes. Whether saving a family farm from future development, preserving rural landscapes for the community, or saving a place for local wildlife populations, the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust helps families leave an important legacy for future generations.
Saving Family Farms
Urban sprawl overtakes two acres of productive US agriculture land every minute. By placing a voluntary conservation easement on your farm, you can help curb urban sprawl while preserving rural traditions and conserving land for local food and fiber production. You continue to own and work your land, you can sell it or pass it on to your heirs. Whatever the future brings, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your land will always be available for agriculture and will never be developed.
Preserving Scenic Viewsheds
“Viewsheds” are the signature landscapes that define our region. Scenery is important for quality of life, property values and tourism, yet rapid development often occurs without these considerations and our scenic viewsheds are lost in the process. City planners can avoid projects that undermine the scenic value of our communities, and developers can place protective easements that preserve scenic buffers while increasing the value of the lots they develop. Donating or placing an easement on your scenic land helps protect the character of our region for current and future residents.
Conserving a Place for Wildlife
The Ozarks are a wildlife-related economy. Hunting, fishing, birding and nature observation pump millions of dollars into our state every year. Wildlife provide an intrinsic value to our communities as well, that cannot be quantified, and they are essential for maintaining the healthy ecosystems that provide us with clean air and clean water. Wildlife need appropriate habitat, large enough to fill their seasonal needs, and connected enough to provide for movement between larger natural areas. Without careful planning, however, development can destroy key habitats, (such as wetlands, prairies and forests), and fragment existing habitat, resulting in an “island ecosystem” effect that is detrimental to local wildlife populations. Habitat loss and fragmentation are the number one causes of species decline. Donating your land, or placing it into a protective easement, will ensure there is a place for wildlife in our growing communities.
To learn more about how you can conserve your land, go to “Your Conservation Options“, or contact Terri Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-966-4666.