A conservation easement is a legal document bound to the deed of a designated property, where the land owner and a land trust agree to protect the ecologically significant property and all development rights are forfeited perpetually. The majority of the land NFLT protects are preserved through conservation easements. There are significant Federal and State tax deductions for people who place their land into a conservation easement.
Here is a comprehensive list of our Conservation Easements:
- A buffer 100 feet wide and 3600 feet long adjacent to the Catawba River was the first easement granted to the Nation Ford Land Trust in January 1995. The property contains 8.26 acres of predominantly mixed hardwoods.
- A 12 acre easement was granted to Nation Ford Land Trust in February 1996 on a mixed hardwood and pine woodland on Vista Road in Fort Mill. The property provides a buffer along a small creek that lies between commercial and residential development.
- A buffer along 3633 feet of the Catawba River and 922 feet of Sugar Creek which contains 54.19 acres was granted by easement in December 1998. The property was the site of a Catawba Indian Nation village known as Sugar Town.
- A buffer 350 feet wide and 2300 feet long adjacent to the Catawba River containing 18.5 acres of mixed hardwood forest was granted by easement in September 2000.
- A buffer 300 feet wide and 3275 feet long adjacent to the Catawba River off of Mount Gallant Road in Rock Hill was granted by easement in December 2000. An additional 29 interior acres was added to the easement in December 2003. This diverse property includes mixed hardwood forests and openland.
- A working cattle farm containing 309 acres of pastures and woodlands south of Rock Hill was placed in a conservation easement in July 2001. The farm has been in the same family since 1880.
- 1647 acres located on the Broad River southwest of Hickory Grove was placed under an easement in July 2001. Now owned by York County, the property has been named “Worth Mountain” and is maintained by the SCDNR as a WMA. Directions to the property are available at https://www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands/managedland?p_id=175.
- “Nanny’s Mountain” County Park located off of Highway 49 was placed under a conservation easement in July 2001. York County acquired the property in November 1997 and has constructed an access road, trails, and picnic facilities. The property was the site of ore mines which operated during the Revolutionary War. Directions to the property are available at http://www.sctrails.net/trails/ALLTRAILS/hiking/Midlands/Nanny’sMountain.html.
- A preservation and maintenance easement was placed on the historical McCelvey Center . This 500-seat theater is located on East Jefferson Street in York. Directions to the theater are available at http://chmuseums.org/mccelvey/.
- An 8.9 acres sunflower site located at Historic Brattonsville was placed in a conservation easement in August 2002. More information on the site is available at http://chmuseums.org/faq-hb/#q12
- 115 acres located in a 8700 foot long buffer between the Huntington Farms subdivision and Sugar Creek was placed in an easement in December 2002. This property is predominately forested in mixed hardwoods.
- Confederate Park on Main Street in Fort Mill was placed in an easement in August 2003. The 0.36 acre park was established in 1891 on property donated by Captain Samuel E. White. The monuments were erected between 1891 and 1900.
- A conservation easement was placed on 285 acres adjacent to the York town limits in December 2006. This diverse property has pastures which are leased for cattle grazing, wildlife food plots, two ponds, and mixed hardwood forests. An additional 515 acres adjoining the original easement was placed under a conservation easement in December 2007.
- The largest easement held by Nation Ford Land Trust was placed on 1981 acres of the Anne Springs Close Greenway in September 2007. This well-known outdoor recreation area provides visitors with access to miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails, as well the opportunity to explore pioneer cabins, a grist mill, and a renovated dairy barn. Events and programs open to the public are hosted by Leroy Springs Company, Inc. year round. More information on the Anne Sprigs Close Greenway is available at http://www.ascgreenway.org.
- A landowner the Nation Ford Land Trust had partnered with on two York County conservation easements approached the land trust in 2006 about accepting another conservation easement on 289 acres located on Daufuskie Island. This unique property contains a mixed maritime forest, pine woodlands, and forested and non-forested wetlands. An additional 174.5 acres on Daufuskie Island was placed in a conservation easement in 2008.
- A 45 acre tract that borders Historic Brattonsville and includes pasture land and mixed hardwood and pine forest was placed under a conservation easement in October 2007. View property details.
- A conservation easement was granted on a 63.5 acre tract northeast of McConnells in December 2007. The property is forested in mixed hardwoods and pines. View property details.
- A 305 acre tract on the York and Chester County line was placed in an easement in December 2007. The farm has been in agricultural production by the family for over 120 years. Recent land use has been primarily for cattle and cotton production. View property details.
- Another family farm near the York and Chester County line was also placed under an easement in December 2007. This 230 acre property is a mixture of openland utilized for crop production and mixed hardwoods adjacent to a creek drain. This property is a portion of a larger farm which has been farmed continuously by family members since 1882. View property details.
- An easement was granted in December 2007 on 315 acres located south of McConnells Highway and adjacent to Turkey Creek. The property is actively managed for timber production and wildlife habitat. The owner has partnered with SC Department of Natural Resources for youth deer hunts and made the property available for local outdoor education programs.
- A 360 acre tract northeast of York on Highway 49 was placed in a conservation easement in December 2007. The property has been in the family since the 1850s, and the family home was constructed in 1866. The property is forested in planted loblolly pine and natural mixed hardwoods. Wildlife food plots are scattered across the property. The owners granted an easement on an adjoining 23.6 acres in December 2009.
- A 214.53 acre farm southwest of Rock Hill was placed in a conservation easement in April 2008. The land has been in the family and continuously farmed since the 1920s.
- A 9 acre rock outcrop in Clover was protected by a conservation easement in September 2009.
- 91.6 acres located southwest of Sharon was placed in a conservation easement in October 2009. This diverse property includes natural pine and hardwood stands, fields planted in a variety of nursery species, and a tributary to Bullock Creek, a major watershed in western York County.
- A 282-acre tract purchased by York County in August of 2013, located on North Burris Road in western York County. The tract adjoins the 357 acre Kirsh Wildlife Management Area and will be managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as an extension of the Kirsh property.
- A total of 109 acres owned by the Catawba Land Conservancy located adjacent to Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina was placed in a conservation easement in 2011 and 2012. This property protects the watershed within several large coves of the lake and also protects a significant contiguous acreage adjacent to a rapidly developing lake front community.
- A family farm containing 57 acres and a historic home built in 1812 was placed in an easement in December 2015. The property is located at the city limits of Rock Hill and protects a quarter mile of Wildcat Creek, as well as the traditional land uses of the area.
- A conservation easement was accepted by the NFLT in January 2016 on 53 acres of a historic farm in Rock Hill. The landowner’s grandfather, an emancipated slave, began acquiring land in the 1870 and 1880s and his farm eventually totaled over 200 acres, of which 100 acres remains. At 95 years of age, the landowner wanted to ensure that a portion of her family farm would be forever protected as open space in a rapidly growing part of York County. The project received funding from the SC Conservation Bank and the York County Forever Commission.
- 25.2 acres NW of the Catawba Indian Reservation was put into a conservation easement in August 2016. The property is a recognized Century Farm and possesses a natural underground spring.
- 166 acres off of McConnells Hwy was placed into an easement in November 2016. This was made possible through York County Forever Commission funds.
- 1000 acres in Chester County were placed into a conservation easement in June 2017. The property is primarily farmland and possesses the productive and rare Blackjack soil. The funds for this conservation easement were provided by the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the South Carolina Conservation Bank.
- 23.5 acres were placed under a conservation easement between NFLT and Catawba Lands Conservancy in December 2017.
Acreage Under Conservation Easements: 8,955.225