How much land does CRBLT conserve?
What is the difference between a conservation easement (CE) and a fee simple (FS) property?
A CE is a voluntary agreement by a landowner to set aside a portion or all of their land for habitat protection. A conservation easement is permanently attached to the deed of the property, preventing development and other harmful activities on the portion of land set aside by the CE. The landowner still owns all the land and is free to sell the land at any time, but the CE stays with the property forever. A fee simple property simply means that the CRBLT owns this land outright.
Why would someone want to put a CE on their property?
Many of our CE donors have land that holds sentimental value to them, but may not be useful or their heirs are not interested in the property, and the owners wish to make sure the land is never developed or changed. Other donors have large tracts of ecologically significant lands that are extremely ecologically valuable and are best used as conserved land. In return for their donation, donors may receive significant tax benefits while CRBLT may assist with upkeep and stewardship. Stewardship means that we will walk the land annually to ensure there is no human interference, invasive species, or other harmful issues. If these issues present themselves CRBLT will work with the property owner to resolve the issue, ensuring our lands remain pristine.
Where can I find more information about putting a CE on my property?
To learn more about tax benefits, start with Land Trust Alliance: CE Tax Incentives. Conservation easements are highly personalized and begin as a discussion with your local land trust, to see if your land is eligible for a CE give us a call at (360) 807-0764.
Can I donate land?
Absolutely! Give us a call.
How is CRBLT funded?
Our operational costs (staff, office, internet, etc) are provided by a mixture of grant funding, foundation funding, and donations. In fact, over 21% of our operational budget is provided by our individual donors and members from around the Basin! Acquisition funding is more complicated, and depends on the resources and habitat on the land in question. In the past, we have been funded by a huge variety of organizations, including: The Chehalis Tribe, the Quinault Nation, the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, the Grays Harbor Audubon Society, Weyerhaeuser, Sierra Pacific, Washington Department of Ecology, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (especially the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for our salmon friendly properties), the Black Hills Audubon Society, the Wildlife Forever Fund, and many more.
Does CRBLT do restoration work?
Yes we do! Restoration requires an intense management plan and a dedicated group of volunteers, so we minimize the number of properties we are restoring at a given time. If you’d like to see an example of the power of restoration we invite you to see the Discovery Trail in Centralia (1545 Goodrich Rd, Centralia WA, 98531). If you’d like to get involved see our Events page or sign up to Volunteer!