Instructions for Completing the Application for
|Conservation Purpose||Reviewing Agency|
|Public access to public trail, beach or waters||Coastal Management, Parks and Recreation|
|Fish and wildlife conservation||Natural Heritage Program, Coastal Management, Marine Fisheries;
Wildlife Resources Commission
|Farmland and forestland conservation||Soil and Water Conservation, Forest Resources|
|Watershed protection||Water Quality|
|Conservation of natural areas||Natural Heritage Program|
|Conservation of natural or scenic river areas||Water Resources, Parks and Recreation|
|Conservation of predominantly natural parkland||Parks and Recreation|
|Historic landscape conservation
||Department of Cultural Resources|
TYPE OF INTEREST TO BE DONATED:
PROPOSED RECIPIENT OF PROPERTY DONATION:
Additional materials will be required if the recipient is not a recognized qualified recipient.
PROPERTY DONATION TRANSACTION IS BEING ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH :
STATUS OF PROPERTY DONATION:
A donation cannot be certified without a recorded instrument of transfer. However, in some cases, especially where there are some unusual circumstances or retained rights, the applicant may wish to know before the property is donated whether DENR would certify the public benefit. This adds to the workload of reviewers, but the program will accommodate requests for preliminary review in as timely manner as possible.
ESTIMATED VALUE OF PROPERTY PROPOSED FOR DONATION (optional):
This does not have to be an appraised value and has no effect on the final appraised value for charitable contribution or tax credit.
INCLUDE WITH APPLICATION:
1. Recorded instrument of transfer
When fee simple interests in real property are donated for conservation purposes, and with the intent to seek a North Carolina income tax credit, there are some options available to donors and recipients to comply with recent legislative changes. Please click here to learn more about these options:
Maps should provide some information about the natural features of a property (e.g. topo or aerial photos), and can demonstrate how the public benefits of a property have been conserved by the donation. It is important to know if there are important or sensitive areas such as waterways (rivers, streams, lakes, ponds) and wetlands, and for the reviewer to be able to understand the size, shape and configuration of conservation area.
One of the tools the reviewers use to determine the conservation value of a property is the One NC Naturally Conservation Planning Tool. This interactive map viewer includes assessment layers for Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat, Agricultural Lands, and Water Services. It is available at: http://www.onencnaturally.org/pages/ConservationPlanningTool.html
Maps - In order to process the certification in a timely manner, the following maps are requested. Click on titles below to see examples.
- Locator map
- Map of tract and/or easement. If easement, please show easement boundaries within the larger tract.
- Map of project in relation to other conservation lands - 2nd sample
- Map of project in relation to relevant ecosystem service or function (Conservation Planning Tool assessments for Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat, Agricultural Lands, and Water Services)
Please note - Many of the nonprofit qualified recipients have the capacity to make maps, and there may already be maps made that could be included with the application.
3. Baseline documentation (when applicable) and shapefiles -
Baseline documentation may not be available for all properties, especially for fee simple donations. Of particular interest to reviewers are biological and cultural inventories. Most conservation easements should have baseline documentation. When available, please include these documents.
An attorney or notary is not required to witness signatures.