The Trust for Public Land

Conservation Transactions Services


TPL helps structure, negotiate, and complete land transactions that create parks, playgrounds, and protected natural areas. TPL buys land from willing landowners and then transfers it to public agencies, land trusts, or other groups for permanent protection. In some instances, TPL will protect land through conservation easements, which restrict development but permit traditional uses such as farming and ranching.

Transactions at or below fair market value

TPL conveys land or easements to public agencies at or below fair market value, as established by an appraisal that strictly meets the agency's requirements. In most transactions, TPL does not charge the agency a fee for staff time or costs. As a qualified 501(c)(3) public charity, TPL is supported by charitable donations. Significant support comes from donations of land value or cash from landowners who sell property to TPL.

Working with landowners

Landowners appreciate working with TPL because, as a private party, TPL can move quickly, confidentially, and predictably. TPL structures transactions to meet the financial and timing needs of landowners. TPL also provides expertise in tax benefits, appraisals, title issues, property surveys, and public agency procedures.

Working with public agencies

Public agencies appreciate that TPL can often secure transaction funding and provide the extra staff, financial expertise, and legal support needed to move quickly. TPL coordinates due diligence to ensure that prices and conditions are acceptable, and may provide technical assistance in acquiring land in cases involving contaminated sites or 'brownfields.'

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