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TLC is mentioned in Land Trust Alliance's article, Measuring Success. Click here to read the article.  

Preserve Land

Land Protection Options

ConsEasementThere are a number of options available to landowners who wish to leave a legacy of open, natural or agricultural land for the benefit of future generations. 

Conservation Easements 
A conservation easement is a voluntary, permanent agreement between a landowner and a qualified organization like The Land Conservancy. The agreement clearly defines future uses and restrictions for the property, while allowing the owner to continue to use and enjoy the land and eventually sell it or pass it to his or her heirs, knowing that it will remain undeveloped.

Land Donations 
In some cases, a landowner may decide that he or she no longer wishes to own certain property, and would benefit from receiving an income tax deduction for donating the land to an organization like TLC.

Other Land Protection Options 
There are additional ways that one might be able to preserve land for the benefit of future generations. 

  • Sale Options
    It is unusual for TLC to purchase land. The McHenry County Conservation District, a unit of local government, may be interested in acquiring your property if it fits into their countywide plan.
  • Nature Preserve 
    Certain properties with especially unique natural resources present may qualify for dedication as Illinois State Nature Preserves.
  • ACE: Agricultural Conservation Easements  -
    The McHenry County Farmland Preservation Commission is working to develop a program to purchase development rights on farmland to preserve the agricultural heritage, landscape, and economy of McHenry County. This link will take you to the ACE website. 

TLC Connects Landowners with Funding

Get Involved with TLC

There are a variety of ways to help TLC preserve the natural, scenic and agricultural lands that make McHenry County so attractive, and that provide such a high quality of life to its residents.


As a small organization, TLC relies upon the work of volunteers, the financial support of members, as well as the decisions that private property owners make to preserve their land.


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