Pass It On



You love your woods and you want to keep them in the family for your children and grandchildren to enjoy. But are you confident that will happen? A lot can go wrong. Children move away, or have no interest in managing the land, or with no single executor the woodland may get divided among the owner's heirs into fragments that are not ecologically viable. An important part of caring for and preserving your woods is planning for the future. And while that can sound like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. These pages will help you clarify your plans for your land, and set up the mechanisms for implementing your vision for your land. 

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Watch videos with legacy planning experts, get worksheets to help you complete each step in the legacy planning process and find additional resources.  

Planning for the Future of your Woods

As a landowner, you may worry about what will happen to your property when you are no longer willing or able to care for it, and there are some important questions to ask yourself when considering your options.

Planning for Your Estate 

When planning for the future of your land, there will be a lot of decisions you will have to make for yourself. However, some, particularly complex tax questions may require the help of an estate planner.


Your plan for your property’s future won’t work if your family can’t put it into action. That’s why it’s important to involve them early on.

Conservation agreements

There are a lot of myths surrounding conservation easements, but in reality they can help ensure your woodlands are safe from some kinds of development, and may help lower estate taxes on the land.

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