Is your land a priceless heirloom, something valuable only as a financial asset, or somewhere in between? This family activity will help you learn how different members see the family land.
Print copies of this Heirloom Scale sheet and provide one to each member of your family to write down their thoughts.
This 2-page magazine article explains the Heirloom Scale and describes one landowner’s experience using it with his family.
Having a family conversation about the future of your land can be difficult and emotional, but it will help everyone be on the same page about what you desire.
There's no substitute for in-person gatherings on the family land. Getting your family outside and walking together lets each person reflect on what your land means to them.
In a perfect world, what would you want to see happen with your land when you're no longer around to take care of it? Write these wishes down, then share them with a spouse or the rest of your family.
Conservation easements stay with the property even after you no longer own it, so involve your family, especially potential heirs, in your choice of whether or not to ease your land.