Y
ou can write and preserve your story on these pages. One of the finest legacies you can leave for future generations is a protected woodland, wetland, grassland, working land or naturally significant area or landmark.

ACRES is the largest and oldest local land trust in the region and has an unblemished record of adhering to donor intent.

Once ACRES protects your property, our name will always remain on the deed, guaranteeing its protection forever.

You have many options for protecting your land with ACRES:

  • as an outright gift
  • as a bequest, left in your will
  • as a reserved life estate, allowing you to live on your property
  • as a market-value purchase
  • and most frequently, as a discounted purchase

 

Benefits to you may include:

  • The value of your donation qualifies as a charitable contribution*
  • The opportunity to preserve and share your stories from the land, including naming rights
  • Retained rights such as continuing to reside on your land, personal recreational useClick here to download this information on Protecting your land with ACRES Land Trust (PDF)

 

ACRES protects land. Forever.

ACRES permanently protects natural places and working lands by guaranteeing to never develop or transfer them. ACRES’ name will always remain on the deed, protecting these lands from development or transfer.

ACRES Land Trust accepts land in three categories:

  • Nature Preserves
  • Protected Land
  • Investment Property

Nature Preserves
Nature preserves are places where nature is given the space to thrive with minimal disturbance.

ACRES helps families, individuals and communities preserve a variety of natural areas: forests, wetlands, native grasslands, unique geologic formations, and habitat for plants and animals including rare, threatened and endangered species.

Protected Lands
Protected lands are working lands and places with a designated use.

ACRES helps people protect land for reasons beyond natural features: farmland, pasture, timber producing forests, hunting land and multi-use land.

Investment Properties
Investment properties are places that donors give to ACRES to sell for financial gain.

Click here to learn more about ACRES’ Land Categories (PDF)

 

ACRES evaluates the land we commit to protecting. Because assessing the natural value of land is site-specific and situational, this evaluation requires more than reviewing a checklist. If you have questions about protecting your land, we’d be honored to speak with you.

Thank you for considering protecting your land with ACRES Land Trust.

If you’re ready to discuss your options, please contact:
Jason Kissel
executive director
260-637-2273, ext. 2

*Contact your legal and financial advisers to determine how your land protection options will impact your specific tax and estate circumstances