Conserve Your Land

Conserve Your Land with MHLC

A property conserved in Schenectady County with MHLC.

As a land trust, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) is a 501 © 3 charitable organization which acquires land and conservation easements for conservation purposes, conserving important lands with willing landowners in the Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties for future generations.

Why Conserve Land?

Conserving land provides a balance between the built environment and nature, preserving the natural resources we need to survive, including: clean air, clean water, and working landscapes for farming and forestry production. Land conservation is also an important part of the fight against climate change.

Ways to Conserve Your Land

MHLC offers several options for landowners who are interested in conserving their land. Options include donations of land to the Conservancy, or could include the donation of the development rights to your land as a conservation easement.

Donation of Land

A donated property on the Helderberg Escarpment.

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy accepts donations of land. Land donations need to meet MHLC land acquisition criteria and, ideally, are located within one of our Priority Areas for conservation. Donating land is a great way to create your own conservation legacy.

Donation of Conservation Easement

Landowners can also donate a conservation easement. A conservation easement is a legal agreement which restricts development and other land uses in order to protect natural resources on the property. The landowner continues to own the land and use the land, and can still sell the property. This legal agreement ensures that any current and future landowners and heirs will use the land as outlined by the original landowner in the conservation easement. MHLC then serves as the conservation easement holder. Staff visit the property each year to confirm the easement terms are upheld, ensuring the conservation wishes of the original landowner are upheld in perpetuity.

Find more information on conservation easements on the Land Trust Alliance (LTA)’s website. MHLC is a LTA-accredited land trust.

Bargain Sale

An easement property in Montgomery County.

A bargain sale is the sale of land or conservation easement for less than the fair market value. This makes the land transaction not only affordable for the land trust to purchase, but can also provide several tax benefits to the landowner. To learn how a bargain sale may benefit you, please contact your financial counsel.

Estate Planning

Planned giving is a wonderful option for conserving your land. Many people decide to bequest land to a land trust by including the property in their will. Please contact Mark King, Executive Director, at for more information on how to create a land bequest as part of your estate planning.

For more information about your conservation options and to discuss your conservation goals, contact Conservation Director Sarah Walsh at

If permanent conservation isn’t an option for you and your property, there are other ways each of us can protect natural resources and special places in the Capital Region. Visit our Back Yard Conservation page to learn more.

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