Saving the ranch is a concise guide to conservation easements for ranchers, conservationists, and developers concerned with protecting the natural and scenic values of ranch lands in the western United States. The book shows how ranchers can reduce estate taxes, generate and shelter income, and combine land conservation with estate planning. Case studies explore how conservation easements have been used, helping readers to understand the variety of circumstances under which easements can be effective. Throughout the book, photographs, maps, and color illustrations bring to life the examples presented and the situations described.
"The American West epitomized an ideal American landscape, characterized by vast expanses picture is changing rapidly. Increasingly ranches that have been in families for generations are development. Ranch lands also comprise some of the most important wildlife habitat and ecological the West. This book provides real options for private landowners that both maintain the viability operations and protect open space and wildlife habitat. Every rancher, and everyone concerned and the wildlife habitat they contain should read this book."--Luther Propst, Executive Director, Sonoran Institute
"A how-to book of the highest order for land owners and conservationists. It tells all who care about the American West how to use land trusts and conservation easements to protect private lands and the wildlife that depend on them."--Ed Marston, former publisher, "High Country News," Paonia, Colorado