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Preserving a Memory
Would you like to dedicate a piece of land to the memory of a loved one? The process varies widely from state to state and there are many approaches besides outright donation. A conservation easement can protect land from development or unwanted use, for example, while allowing an owner to retain many property rights and even to continue to live on and use the land. Rob Aldrich, director of information services for the national Land Trust Alliance, suggests following these steps.
1. Call a local conservancy and explain your idea to a land-protection specialist. To find a conservancy in your area, go to landtrustalliance.org and click on "Find a Land Trust."
2. After deciding the best way to conserve the land, discuss fund-raising options, including the possibility of matching funds from the conservancy or other donors. Ask about naming rights.
3. Team up with the conservancy to promote the campaign, obtain the funding, and acquire the property.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, September 2009.