Books and Other Resources

Pee Dee Land Trust has reprinted an updated copy of its Landowner Easement Guide thanks to the support of Duke Energy. This valuable resource is fully updated with 2015 tax guidelines on the state and federal level. Download a copy of our Guide to Land Protection and Conservation Easements

The Pee Dee Land Trust has donated the following books to local libraries in its nine-county focus area as part of the organization's efforts to make conservation information more accessible. The books cover information about the value of conservation to communities, as well as tax benefits to and financing for individual land owners, information on state and federal regulations and incentives, and general information on conservation easements.

Conservation Options: A Landowner's Guide, How to Protect your Land for Future Generations, by the Land Trust Alliance: Similar to the Steve Small books, this book explains in simple terms why it is important to make plans for land that one owns and how to do it whether you retain or transfer title. This guide will be updated in 2011

Land Conservation Financing, by McQueen and McMahon: It is a resource for local officials as well as the general public. It gives an overview of successful land conservation easements and includes model programs at the state and local level.

Local, State and Federal Tax Incentives for Conservation Easements 3rd Edition, from the SC Department of Revenue: This publication is designed to assist private land owners, land trusts, attorneys, appraisers, real estate agents and other conservation professionals to understand the requirements and implications of the tax incentives for conservation easements in our state.

Preserving Family Lands, Books 1-3, by Small: These include tax strategies for the landowner. Each book is more detailed and in-depth than the one before, enabling the reader to develop a sophisticated understanding of tax planning strategies in order to hold onto land that they love and do something good for the community, too.

Protecting Water Quality through Conservation Easements, by Lind: This brief book describes whether, when, and how to use easements for water quality. It includes a section on funding sources.

Saving American Farmland: What Works, by the American Farmland Trust: This book includes case studies of successful programs around the country. The final chapter offers lessons communities can learn from and outlines the steps involved in creating a farmland protection program. Though it is an older book, the information is still relevant.

South Carolina Agricultural Landowners Guide, by the American Farmland Trust: This booklet compiles and describes the various state, federal and private farmland protection programs available specifically in South Carolina. It also highlights success stories around the state.

Your Land is Your Legacy, by Cosgrove and Freedgood: Written especially for farmers to share with their advisors, this book explains estate planning options and pitfalls. It includes examples and worksheets, and addresses the various strategies to keep land available for the next generation of farmers.

A River in Time by Suzanne Linder, This book is a complete history of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River System and includes wonderful photographs and maps.

Conserve a Legacy by Tommy Wyche, A beautiful book depicting the various conservation projects undertaken by the South Carolina Conservation Bank, using color photographs and descriptions.