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One of the most common and most effective approaches to permanently protecting cultural and natural resources is through land acquisition (both fee simple acquisition and conservation easements). 

Patsy Waterfall (right) and Pat Lopez discuss the Plan.

land acquisition
One of the most common and most effective approaches to permanently protecting cultural and natural resources is through land acquisition -- both fee simple acquisition and conservation easements. Arizona Land and Water Trust works closely with local, state and federal agencies, as well as private landowners and land trusts, to protect Arizona's vanishing landscapes. The Trust helps its public and private partners achieve their specific land protection goals by providing risk capital, effective negotiation, legal skills and leverage of limited funding. This partner-driven approach enables us to act quickly and effectively to meet our partners' needs.

ALWT helps structure, negotiate, and complete land transactions that help protect natural areas. We serve as an independent agent, buying land from willing landowners and strive to make landowners fully aware of conservation options by providing both the tools, information, and resources to assure that you have the information you need to make an informed decision.

Fee Simple Acquisition
Fee simple acquisition for conservation purposes typically involves a land trust or public agency purchasing title to a property that merits conservation. After the title transfers to a conservation buyer, the land is permanently maintained as open space. Landowners often utilize this method of land protection because they are assured their family lands will be protected in perpetuity and they receive income from the sale of the land.

Conservation Easements
A voluntary conservation easement is a legal agreement between a willing land owner and a non-profit land trust such as the Arizona Land and Water Trust, or a government agency, that permanently limits uses of land in order to protect important values. Landowners grant conservation easements to restrict developments and to protect resources, while retaining rights of private ownership.