To Montanan’s, earning the reputation of “the last best place” comes with plenty of preservation and conservation work. It means allowing for growth, but also working proactively to protect the wide-open landscape, the rugged mountains, and the wildlife habitats.
When people are looking to buy or sell parcels of land in Montana, conservation easements are the perfect way to purchase a slice of paradise, while maintaining the beautiful landscape.
A conservation easement is a voluntary, legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. It allows landowners to continue to own and use their land, while protecting the property’s scenic, wildlife, agricultural, or recreational values. (http://www.bridahamcollection.com/conservation-ranches/)
Vivian Bridaham, a long-time luxury realtor with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, says conservation easements benefit everyone. “Preserving the land and open spaces in the west, especially in Montana, is very important to me,” she says. Bridaham has served on the Charter Board for Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and has worked with many buyers and sellers interested in conservation easements for several decades, and she says that these easements benefit everyone. For buyers, easements permanently protect the majestic views of Montana and access to recreation, and offer land at a fraction of regular price. For owners and sellers, it allows them to offer their legacy of preservation to future generations, as well as provide many tax benefits. For the public, easements protect the views from over-development, and create protected homes for wildlife.
Conservation easements are unique to the landowner creating the agreement. He or she can decide how much land is included, what sort of access is allowed, and they still maintain complete ownership of the land.
Interested in protecting the “big skies” of Montana, the wildlife habitats, or the priceless recreational opportunities? Chat with Vivian Bridaham on how you can make a difference and enjoy your very own piece of the west.
Contact Vivian at www.bridahamcollection.com/contact-us, or (406)586-4408