What is a Land Trust?
A land trust is a nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation acquisitions, or by its stewardship of such land or easements.
What is a Conservation Easement?
A conservation easement is a legal agreement, similar to a contract, between a landowner and a qualified organization, such as a land trust, that restricts future activities on the land to protect the land’s conservation values. With a conservation easement, the landowner continues to own the land and has the ability to sell, deed, or modify the property according to the agreement within the conservation easement, which is held by the land trust.
What kind of land does the Glocester Land Trust conserve?
The Glocester Land Trust actively works to conserve lands which have specific conservation values, agricultural values, wildlife habitat values, or maintaining property for passive outdoor recreation that will benefit the community and our town.
Can Landowners who decide to conserve their land receive any tax benefits?
Yes, a landowner who donates a conservation easement or land to a land trust, and meets certain criteria, may realize income tax benefits, property tax benefits and/or estate tax benefits. Landowners are urged to check with their legal and tax advisers.
Are there volunteer activities available?
Volunteers are an essential part of the Glocester Land Trust; whether it’s working on trail maintenance, or assisting with an event, volunteers are needed and their existence is crucial to the success of the land trust. The Glocester Land Trust is actively seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks, from trail maintenance to clerical work, we are truly in need of many dedicated volunteers. Please visit our “volunteer” page to sign up and be an intricate part of this great organization.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, provided they comply with Glocester Town Ordinance which requires that a dog be under restraint: "Any dog is under restraint within the meaning of this Ordinance if it is controlled, or at 'heel' beside a competent person and obedient to that person's commands, on or within a vehicle being driven or parked on the streets, or within the property limits of its owner or keeper" (Chapter 139). The Glocester Land Trust asks dog owners to be responsible and clean-up after their dogs.