Conservation Tools

There are a variety of tools that can be used to preserve land. Read on to hear about a few of the ways Three Rivers Land Trust works with landowners to protect special places in our region.

Conservation easements: Conservation easements are one of the most important tools for conserving private land. Landowners continue to enjoy ownership of their land while preserving its beauty and natural characteristics for future generations. Conservation easements are negotiable documents that match owners’ property-use needs with long term benefits to their community. See Voluntary Conservation Agreements and Tax Information for more information.

Bargain Sales: A bargain sale occurs when a landowner agrees to sell land for an amount less than the full fair market value as determined by an appraiser. The difference between the fair market value and the contract price is deemed to be a charitable donation and tax deductible when the purchaser is a charitable entity, such as a land trust.

Remainder Interest Trust or Reserved Life Estate: Through a remainder interest trust or life estate, the landowner can place an easement on their land and restrict it today, as well as make a commitment that at the end of a specified time period or upon the landowners’ death the entire property will be owned by the land trust or other remainder beneficiary. As with bargain sales and donations of easements, significant tax benefits may be realized by the landowner through these transactions.

Bequest, Living Trust, or Charitable Trust: These estate planning devices can all be used to ensure that a land trust receives a valuable interest either during life or at the death of a landowner. These “valuable interests” may include full title to land, partial interests in land, stocks, or cash.

Gifts of Heritage Program: The Gifts of Heritage Program allows landowners to donate property to a land trust with the agreement that the land trust can resell the property subject to a restrictive conservation easement. This arrangement ensures that a property gets permanent protection while at the same time allowing the land trust to raise funds to support other land protection projects.

Installment Gifts or Sales of Land: Through Installment giving or selling of land, a landowner can maximize tax benefits by spreading out the time period over which such transactions occur.

Please contact Land Trust staff for more information by email at, or by phone 704-647-0302.

The Land Trust recommends that you consult with your own legal and financial advisors as well in order to maximize and personalize your financial benefits.

Learn more about these conservation options by reading this publication from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina: How to Protect Your Land





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.8  * Join us October 9th at 9:30am as we paddle Tuckertown Reservoir. 

Three Rivers Land Trust  In September 2019, Phase I of the Alcoa Lands Project was completed. Phase I conserved 2,463 acres and 45 miles of shoreline along High Rock Lake. Now with the closure of Phase II Tuckertown, this project has conserved over 4,800 acres and 76 miles of shoreline along the Yadkin-Pee Dee.  Tuckertown Reservoir, an impoundment of the Yadkin River, is known for its recreational opportunities and as a vital water resource for North Carolinians. 

To celebrate this momentous achievement, the TRLT Paddle Club is hosting our next group paddle event in Tuckertown Reservoir on October 9th, 2021 at 9:30am. We launch from the Bringles Ferry Boating Access Area (3301 Bringle Ferry Road)  and Paddle to the Flat Creek Access (450 Wildlife Access Road). This paddle is 3.8 miles and will take the group about two and a half hours to complete.   

We encourage paddlers to organize their own shuttles. Limited shuttles will be available, but must be prearranged. Please contact

Have your own Equipment? Already a TRLT Paddle Club Member? Then register below and join us at no cost! We look forward to paddling with you!

Row Co River Adventures will be providing kayak rentals for this event:

Single Kayak Rentals $35

Double Kayak Rentals $50

*All Rentals Include Paddle and PFD*

All Proceeds will be donated to Three Rivers Land Trust and each rental includes a TRLT membership! To book a rental please contact Row Co Directly at

For more information or if you have questions, please email Nicky at Hope to see you there!

Length of paddle: ~4 miles

Difficulty level: Easy