What We Do
We protect land:
Land is a resource that is owned by individuals, but enjoyed by many. When it is overdeveloped or misused, we all suffer. The Land Trust works with willing landowners to protect the natural values of their property to ensure that the scenic beauty of the MS Gulf Coast will be maintained for future generations.
The majority of our protected property has been donated by land owners. Many acres have been added as purchase/donations. And, the Land Trust currently has properties termed “Life Estates” – land already deeded to the Land Trust while the landowners have use of the property until their passing.
Another way to protect land is through a Conservation Easement – a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. Landowners continue to own and use their land and may to sell it or pass it on to heirs.
Why should you be involved?
Most of us have a sizeable investment in the MS Gulf Coast. Whether it is our home or cottage, property or business, we each have a vested interest in the future of the area.
Consider the Land Trust as a land protection insurance policy which helps you to safeguard not only the value of your personal investment, but also your overall enjoyment of the area. Few would dispute that the natural beauty of the MS Gulf Coast contributes significantly to the decision process when companies or families are considering relocation. A healthy MS Gulf Coast economy and quality of life is directly related to a healthy natural environment.
Take a moment to reflect on what the MS Gulf Coast means to you. Invest in its future. The time to protect our precious scenic and historic acreage is NOW. Don’t look back with regret in ten years and say “If only we had protected…”