How to Protect Your Land

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

– Robert Swan

Landowners, the primary stewards of our natural, historic, and agricultural heritage, are faced with unprecedented development pressures, and have taken a stand. By donating conservation easements to Bluegrass Land Conservancy, farmers have created a critical mass of protected farmland in many of our communities.

Bluegrass Land Conservancy works with individual landowners to develop a flexible, long-term, mutual agreement for the conservation and use of their land; this agreement is called a conservation easement.

With the landowner’s assistance, the Conservancy identifies the property’s conservation values, such as prime farmland soils, scenic viewsheds, and important water resources.

The landowner continues to own the land and may sell, devise, lease, or farm the land, but the conservation values of the land are forever protected from high-density residential, commercial, and industrial development (other than farming).

Often a landowner’s greatest asset is his or her land. The gift of a conservation easement provides the landowner the security of knowing that his or her farm will be conserved and cared for in perpetuity.


Have questions or want to learn more?
We welcome all inquiries, contact Ashley Greathouse, (859) 255-4552, to discuss how to protect your land and what will work best for you and your family. All conversations are strictly confidential.


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What is a conservation easement?

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How do conservation easements benefit the public?


Staci and Arthur Hancock

Why I Conserved

“It is really exciting for us to see so many Bourbon County landowners stepping up to preserve our county’s agricultural heritage, and so personally satisfying to know that the land will be protected forever.”

Staci Hancock, Stone Farm
Bourbon County, 2014

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