Land is Our Legacy
As Alta’s local land trust, it is our responsibility to facilitate the conservation of lands in Alta with conservation values.
We actively seek to conserve privately owned undeveloped land in Albion Basin. These properties posses watershed, wildlife habitat, natural, scenic, recreational, and open space values of importance to FOA, Salt Lake City, and people all over the world.
- Conservation easements held by FOA – 19
- Properties owned and conserved by FOA – 4
By effectively saving land, land trusts enhance the economic, environmental and social values of their communities. They provide clean water, fresh air, places for recreation and a connection to the land that sustains us all.
Friends of Alta is a proud member of The Land Trust Alliance, a national conservation organization representing and setting best practices for over 1,700 land trusts across the country.
There are many ways landowners can help to conserve land; one way is through conservation easements. Conservation easements are legally binding agreements that a landowner and land trust or government agency enter into voluntarily to conserve natural areas, wildlife habitats, clean water, clean air, and scenic open spaces. In Albion Basin, the landowners who have donated or sold their undeveloped property to Friends of Alta have contributed to the public good by preserving the conservation values associated with their land for future generations.
If a landowner wants to maintain ownership of their property then a conservation easement can be individually designed to restrict real estate development, commercial and industrial uses, and other activities to a mutually agreed upon level in perpetuity. There may be income and property tax benefits in return for donating your land, donating a conservation easement, or selling the property to a land trust for below market value.
In holding conservation easements, Friends of Alta has a responsibility to monitor future uses of the land to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement and to enforce the terms if a violation occurs.
If you are interested in donating land or working with us to preserve your land through a conservation easement, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.