decades, a favorite vista for many Carlisle residents has been the
sight of Jack and Betty Valentines cows grazing in the pasture
at the corner of Acton and West Streets. Thanks to the Valentines
generosity - and with the help of a conservation restriction - this
vista will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
is no longer the predominantly agricultural community it once was,
many residents remain passionately attached to the land. The fields,
forests, ponds and brooks host a diverse collection of plants, birds
and animals that also nourish our spirits. But the balance of human
activity alongside the natural environment in Carlisle is a fragile
one. The pressure for continued development is strong today and
will continue. Fortunately, local landowners such as the Valentines
can work with the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) to both
preserve their land and meet their financial or estate planning
This year, both the Valentine and Rundlett families generously offered
to place conservation restrictions on their properties. Both provide
vital links in the conservation corridor along the west side of
restriction or CR is a means sanctioned by state law
to limit the use of land ~ in order to protect specified conservation
values, ~ including the natural, scenic or open condition ~ of the
land. Since 1973, almost 500 acres in Carlisle have been permanently
protected by conservation restrictions.
In a typical CR, the landowner retains ownership interest in the
land, while accepting certain development restrictions to protect
conservation values associated with that parcel. The landowner typically
provides these restrictions in the form of a charitable gift in
favor of the town or a qualified conservation organization such
as the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. The restrictions may diminish
the market value of the land, so the gift may qualify as a charitable
donation for federal income tax purposes and help with estate planning.
Kristy Erickson chose a different but equally effective route: an
outright gift of land to the Carlisle Conservation Foundation.
gift, made in connection with a plan to partially develop adjacent
lots, enabled them to realize the economic value of their land while
also meeting their interests in promoting conservation.
landowners choose to conserve their property, CCF is prepared to
help: by providing guidance and advice through the CR or gift process;
by introducing, where appropriate, other state and federal resources;
and when needed, providing matching funds to help defray surveying
or legal costs.
information about CRs, please contact any member of the CCF Board.