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.

Our easements in the residential Swall Meadows community help protect the Mule Deer in their yearly migration. They also bring financial benefits to the residents. Photo courtesy of Stephen Ingram.

Our easements in the Swall Meadows community help protect the Mule Deer in their yearly migration. They provide tangible financial benefits to the human residents who live there, too.
Photo courtesy of Stephen Ingram.

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.

If you would like to read the full Wall Street Journal article online, you can view it here!

Remember to come to the ESLT garden tomorrow, May 16 between 2:30 and 4:30 to participate in Gardenfest! Everyone is welcome; we hope you’ll stop by and get tips from Master Gardeners, check out plants for sale by the California Native Plant Society and the 4H Garden Group, learn about composting, discover “Incredible Edibles,” and participate in our Seed Swap. There will be snacks, beverages, and kids activities. We hope to see you at this fun, free event!