Since 2005, NeighborSpace has protected 19 properties totaling 90 acres, including 24.5 acres in fee and 65.6 acres in easements and valued at $1.5 million. Learn more about them and find our site application form here.
A word of caution if you are interested in donating development rights. The fact that you wish to surrender development rights is not enough in and of itself for us to protect your land with a conservation easement. There must also be sufficient underlying conservation value to that land. An example would be substantial forest acreage buffering a stream. We are happy to discuss this with you.
In 2011, Neighbor Space began working with the National Park Service on a first-of-its-kind model for conservation planning in the inner suburbs. The process was driven by the fact that the need for open space inside the URDL is great and, as we accommodate growth, the supply is dwindling. After many ups and downs, we finalized a model in 2017. Among other things, the model embraces our desire to be able to use our lands in partnership with other nonprofits to solve pressing social problems like food insecurity and disconnected youth. Read more about the model here.