The Last Green Valley provides an excellent webpage with resources to help you decide what your priorities are for your land, and what tools, programs, and organizations exist to help you achieve and protect those priorities. The site contains a wealth of information about the sale or donation of your land for conservation purposes, the sale or donation of development rights on your property (Conservation Restrictions/Easements), tax incentives for protecting your land, and existing programs and funding sources for land protection.
CLICK HERE to connect with the Connecticut Land Conservation Council’s Landowner resources page.
CLICK HERE to download a fact sheet on funding sources for open space conservation in CT.
CLICK HERE to download a pdf (4.8 MB) of the Green Valley Institute’s estate planning informational brochure “Your Family Land: Legacy or Memory?”
The US Forest Service has made it’s 200 page book on estate planning “Estate Planning For Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland?” available as a free pdf download. The link above will take you to an informational page where you can opt to view and download this publication.
Forest Stewardship and Management
CLICK HERE to browse the extensive property management and forestry resources available through the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has three Service Foresters who can provide technical assistance and information for forest landowners throughout the state. The foresters can spend up to one full day a year working for a landowner at no charge, and can help with topics such as wildlife management, timber harvest, dealing with forest health issues, and designing Forest Stewardship Plans. Click here to learn more about CT DEP’s Service Forestry Program.
UConn Extension’s forestry division has numerous books and pamphlets available on a wide range of forestry and forest management related topics. To see a list of publications available through UConn, and for ordering information, click here. Additional info about Forest Stewardship Planning can be found through this link to UConn Extension.
Tax Incentive Programs
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has several programs designed to provide assistance to landowners for a variety of forest management activities.
- The EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) provides financial and technical assistance to landowners to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
- The CSP (Conservation Stewardship Program) provides 5 years of funding to landowners who are demonstrated responsible stewards of their land and wish to improve their conservation and stewardship activities.
- For other NRCS programs, click here.