Conservation Tools

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 The Future of Your Land – Landowner’s Options
 Conservation Easement
 Bequest for Conservation
 Donation with Reserved Life Estate
 Bargain Sale

Related Links


Land Trust Alliance

National organization that promotes voluntary land conservation and works with nonprofit land trusts across America.

National Wildlife Federation
National organization that works to unite individuals, organizations businesses and government in the protection of wildlife, wild places and the environment.

Trust for Public Land
National organization working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well-being. TPL helps conserve land for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities.

The Nature Conservancy
A National Organization whose mission is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the land ans waters they need to survive.

American Farmland Trust
AFT works to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote sustainable farming practices that lead to a healthy environment.

United State Fish and Wildlife Service
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in South Dakota uses a “no rules” philosophy to develop partnerships and programs that simultaneously promote wildlife conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Tony Dean’s Acres Memorial Fund
Funds are now being raised to purchase land in South Dakota, and to provide for outdoor education in partnership with conservation organizations, State and Federal agencies.

Sioux Falls Park and Recreation Department
“Our mission is to provide a system of open space, recreational opportunities and aesthetic beauty for Sioux Falls.”

South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department

Natural Resources Conservation Services Programs

Environmental Defense, Center for Conservation Initiatives

Izaak Walton League

Pheasants Forever

Ducks Unlimited

East Dakota Water Development District

South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts

US Environmental Protection Agency

South Dakota Lakes and Streams Association

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources.

Nebraska Partnership for All-Bird Conservation

Nebraska Environmental Trust

The future of our planet will depend on the knowledge and attitude of our younger generation. The students in Mrs. McVey’s 5th-grade class in Cleary Mountain Middle School are taking the lead by learning about the planet’s wildlife and wild places and what it will take to save them. Here are a few of their favorite websites: