16th Aug, 2013

Texas Hill Country Land Conservation and Easements

Increasingly, owners of Texas Hill Country land are using land Conservation Easements to protect scenic views and the use of their properties for farming and ranching.  Hill Country property owners are concerned about encroaching development.  Texas ranches in the 500-acre to 2000-acre range are most susceptible to fragmentation and development.

Hill Country Land Trust (HCLT), a volunteer organization, encourages and assists owners of large parcels of real estate in Texas Hill Country to make good stewardship decisions.  Some of these properties are working ranches, agricultural, part of a watershed, recreational parcels, and/or open range acreage in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

To preserve the legacy of their Texas Hill Country land, HCLT volunteers assist by providing the legal tools referred to as a Conservation Easement.  Legal status is necessary to protect usage by future generations.

Texas land for sale Conservation Easement offers a range of options specific to the preservation goals of each owner of Texas Hill Country land.  Conservation Easement does not transfer ownership or grant free access or restrict any uses unless the owner delineates the restrictions.  Each landowner considers the history of his property, traditional uses, and his vision for the future uses of the property.

After putting their properties into Conservation Easement status, landowners continue to utilize the properties themselves.  A Conservation Easement restricts future development on the land.

Studies show that when the size of a property decreases and production declines, farmers and ranchers must seek other means of livelihood.  Wildlife, watersheds and water quality come under pressure as well.  At times, therefore, buyers in the Fredericksburg and Gillespie County real estate markets desire to purchase Texas Hill Country land for the purpose of putting them in Conservation Easement into perpetuity.

An article (7/24/2013) submitted by the Fredericksburg Standard Newspaper says the southwest portion of the nation is experiencing a 147 percent increase in easement growth.  During the last 10 years, “protection by easements has increased fivefold.”  These statistics are compiled by the Land Trust Alliance, a forerunner in the land conservation movement.

Untitled_Panorama2Volunteers who implement the mission of the Hill Country Land Trust are citizens dedicated to conserving not only the land but the habitats, aquifers, and watersheds.  They come from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds.  Half of the HCLT Board members live in Gillespie County.  Interested parties desiring information from Hill Country Land Trust may contact their local representatives.

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For information about Fredericksburg Texas real estate and investment properties and Texas Hill Country land, please call Dale E. Cook, MBA and owner of SAGE – Premium Texas Real Estate located in the Chase Bank Building in Fredericksburg at (830) 992-0056.

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