The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy works in partnership with individual landowners to manage over 300 conservation easements on privately owned lands. Conservation easements are voluntary, perpetual agreements that restrict the way that land will be managed in order to protect natural resources and water quality.

The Conservancy’s goal is to work with landowners whose properties have significant characteristics that will protect and enhance land, water, or wildlife habitat quality. Property owners who place permanent conservation easements on their land in a way that provides a direct benefit to the public – such as maintaining habitat for wildlife, protecting water quality, or preserving scenic views – may be eligible to receive tax advantages.