Conservation Land Tax Credits
North Carolina Conservation Property
Land owners who donate conservation easements may qualify to receive substantial tax benefits for their conservation efforts. Beginning in 2006, federal legislation was enacted to allow for such tax incentives. For more information on current federal tax credits, visit Tax Policy for Land Conservation.
Our Featured Conservation Land for Sale
150 Acres Near Max Patch | With potential for conservation tax credits, this remarkable off-the-grid property features 150 pristine acres amid the Pisgah National Forest near the Max Patch section of the Appalachian Trail. The acreage ranges from 3200 feet to almost 4000 feet in elevation and is comprised of numerous micro-climates plus ponds, bold mountain streams, small waterfalls, and more than a dozen springs. The property includes a self-sufficient home, solar barn, extensive orchard and gardens, 4 acres of fenced pasture and spectacular 360-degree mountain views. This property holds great promise for conservation easements, and is suitable for a self-sufficient family compound, retreat center, camp or working organic farm. View more details on this eco-friendly acreage.
Classic 123-Acre Farm | This classic 123-acre farm is located just across the French Broad River, only half a mile from downtown Marshall and 20 miles from Asheville. The mountain acreage boasts long range mountain views, varied terrain, spring-fed ponds and beautiful terraces plus a vintage farmhouse and historic tobacco barn. Ideal for an artist’s colony, writer’s retreat, organic farm or family compound, the property offers multiple building sites and can be subdivided. No deed restrictions. Enjoy a perfect location within walking or biking distance of downtown art studios, coffee shops, bookstores, cafes and the French Broad River. View more details of this land tract.
400-Acre Watershed Cove | Cove Top Sportsman’s Camp is a 400-acre watershed cove recreational land with two mountaintops rising to a 4,000-foot elevation, three bold creeks and end-of-road privacy. The property features a custom lodge with native stone fireplace and upscale finishes, guest cabin, outbuildings, and picturesque trout pond with waterfall and gazebo. An outdoorsman’s paradise with miles of ATV trails, the property adjoins Pisgah National Forest and North Carolina game lands. Nearby Toe River provides legendary trout fishing. Perfect for group retreat center, private resort, hunters’ paradise or fisherman’s base camp. View more details of this land tract.
161 Acres in Asheville | This iconic Asheville acreage offers potential for possible conservation easements. Featuring unsurpassed long range mountain views, the 161 acres is located on Emmas Grove Road, only 10 minutes from downtown Asheville. The rare large acreage tract includes open pasture land, mature hayfields, a 1930s-era brick farmhouse, rolling terrain with small creek, and large area of wooded forest. The property has three access points including direct access from Emmas Grove Road. Some owner financing possible. View more details of this pristine acreage.
135 Acres Adjoins National Forest | Enjoy an exceptionally long 4,000-foot frontage on bold Tilley Creek. The land adjoins Nantahala National Forest near Cullowhee and Western Carolina University. This property is placed in a conservation easement that protects the watershed, yet allows managed forest use, a main home site and two cabins to be built. The property is ideal for a small private estate less than 4 miles from Western Carolina University. Additional adjoining acreage and home sites are available. View more details of this conservation land.
384 Acres | This 384-acre tract of beautiful mountain land features topography ranging from bottom land with bold stream to mountainside vistas. The acreage is located in Yancey County north of Asheville. The new multi-lane highway under construction from I-26 exit brings Burnsville ever closer to Asheville. Great 1031 property, private mountain estate, or land bank at this price. Total acreage made up of several parcels. Confidential listing. View more or call Sheelah at 828.712.2232 for details.
Conservation Tax Credits
Land conservancy is a win-win for all involved. Learn more about the North Carolina tax credits offered through conservation easements and other land conservancy options by visiting the website of the North Carolina Conservation Tax Credit Program.
The state of North Carolina offers additional incentives to help Tarheel land owners preserve their acreage and protect the environment. In fact, North Carolina boasts some of the most progressive legislation in the nation regarding land conservancy. The North Carolina Conservation Tax Credit Program (CTC) offers financial incentives that encourage both corporate and private property owners to protect the land. Preserving our land benefits both the environment and future generations. Moreover, it can be a smart financial strategy for property owners because it offers substantial income tax credit for those who donate real property for conservation purposes. Land conservancy is a win-win for all involved. Learn more about the North Carolina tax credits offered through conservation easements and other land conservancy options by visiting the website of the North Carolina Conservation Tax Credit Program.
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At Sheelah Clarkson Asheville Real Estate Agency, we believe in the wise use of land. We support land stewardship through such measures as personal responsibility, sustainability, and land conservancy.
North Carolina Land Conservancy Organizations
A number of nonprofit groups are dedicated to protecting our North Carolina land. We invite you to visit these websites for more information on land preservation in the Tarheel state.The North Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy
State chapter protecting more than 100 sites across the state including several sites in western North Carolina.
Million Acre Initiative
State program dedicated to preserving one million acres of open space in North Carolina this decade.
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
Statewide organization working with local land trusts, community groups, and private landowners to protect North Carolina land and water resources.
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
Local organization serving Henderson and Transylvania counties.
Pacolet Area Conservancy
Local group focused on the Pacolet and Green River watersheds in portions of Polk County and Henderson County in North Carolina as well as parts of Spartanburg and Greenville Counties in South Carolina.
Land Trust for the Little Tennessee
Local trust serving the upper Little Tennessee Valley area that lies along the corridor between the Nantahala and Cowee mountains of western North Carolina.
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Local conservancy serving Buncombe and Madison Counties plus Highlands of Roan, a major project that preserves 15,000 acres along the North Carolina and Tennessee border.
Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust
Local trust serving a seven county area in northwestern North Carolina including Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.
National Committee for the New River
West Jefferson, NC
Local group focused on the protection and restoration of the New River and 5,000 acres of watershed in northwestern North Carolina.
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
Local organization serving Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell and Rutherford Counties.
If you are interested in purchasing large acreage land tracts of land for sale in North Carolina, contact us to discuss the benefits of land conservancy.
Sheelah Clarkson is an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) and a member of the Realtors Land Institute (RLI)