Adding Value to your Property with Protected Open Spaces
ESLT has lots in the works this spring. From our Valleys and Vistas film premiere this past Saturday, to Gardenfest (tomorrow afternoon in the ESLT garden), to our Benton Hot Springs Member Campout on June 8, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement. However, we’re still hard at work on our mission to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra.
This week, we’d like to cast light on a relevant article we recently found that explores the financial benefits of land conservation.
At the beginning of this month, the Wall Street Journal published a piece about the effect of conservation developments on housing prices. Their findings certify what we have known all along: home buyers appreciate open spaces, and protected lands in residential areas increase the value of a property.
ESLT’s primary goal is to maintain open spaces on private property in order to prevent harmful development from encroaching on existing wild spaces and animal habitats. It is very important to remember, however, that there is a secondary benefit: from a financial standpoint, protected lands can be a boon for property owners. By setting up easements, we are working to maintain the Eastern Sierra’s iconic scenic, historic, and agricultural landscapes; the WSJ reminds us that we are also helping to increase property values.
Protecting private lands is no easy task, though. Easement grants are difficult to come by, and funding is always tight. By becoming a member of ESLT and contributing to our efforts, we can work together to advance our mission of protecting vital lands in the Eastern Sierra.