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Forest Stewardship Online Workshop: Plan for the Future of Your Land
Many landowners are torn between not wanting to see their land developed and wanting to provide an inheritance for children or other heirs. However, it does not have to be an “either/or” situation. With creative planning and some compromise, families can allow for some measure of both. This workshop addresses some of these issues and presents effective land conservation and estate planning tools to help families find a solution – so that they can protect their land and leave a legacy for the next generation.
Dr. Michael Gutter’s presentation discusses the importance of wills and proper estate planning. Busy Shires Byerly focused on the income, estate and property tax benefits of conservation easements. She also presented information about programs that purchase conservation easements.
The Polycom was recorded and broadcast live via Polycom on December 14, 2011 from the University of Florida Campus to Extension facilities in Alachua, Baker, Clay, Gadsden, Highlands, Holmes, Jackson, Lake, Madison, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Osceola, Polk, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties.
Property Tax Benefits of Conservation Easements
George Wheeler - Conservation Exemptions, Agricultural Classification for Property Tax
The Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc (CTF), the University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida’s Forest Stewardship Program hosted two interactive seminars for landowners to learn practical steps for passing their land from one generation to the next. The May 11, 2010 seminar held at the Trinkle Center, Plant City, Florida was videotaped by IFAS. Here are the links to the Conservation Easement presentations. The presentations are provided in the order in which they were given. DVDs are available for purchase from CTF for $10.
- Conservation Easement Gutter Planning
- Busy Byerly - The Importance of Conservation Lands
- John Feldman - Financial Incentives of Conservation Easements
- Leon Stricklen Property Appraisal and Conservation Easements
- George Wheeler - State Property Tax Incentives of Conservation Easements
- Busy Byerly - Funding Sources for Conservation Easements
- Ellen Huntley Dube - Taking the Next Step: Creating a Conservation Easement
Learn how help farmers and landowners protect the character of their property and plan for its future.
View this inspiring and informative video by Former Florida Governor Buddy MacKay, who is also a member of CTF's Advisory Board. He talks about the importance of protecting wildlife corridors and protecting land for conservation. Video is by the University of Florida, IFAS as part of the Springs Protection Workshop in May 2012 (11 minutes).