​Willing sellers submit an application (Property Nomination Form) to County Lands to have their property evaluated. There is no fee to apply, and the landowner may withdraw the property at any time unless the County and landowner enter into a contract for purchase of the property.

During the review process, the landowner may continue to market the property.

If you wish to make a donation of land to the County, please consult with a tax advisor which may prove to have significant tax advantages to the seller.  In Section I., there is a box you may check if you wish to donate the land.  All owners of record must sign the application or provide signatures on separate forms. The owner(s) should answer as many questions on the second page of the form as they can.

It is not mandatory, but highly encouraged that the owner(s) provide as many of the following documents available. Providing this information may help avoid delays in the review process:

  • Copy of Real Property Appraisal Report
  • Copy of Land Boundary Survey
  • Wetlands/Uplands Determination or Wetland jurisdictional map
  • Copy of Title Policy or other title research verifying ownership and encumbrances
  • Listed Species Survey
  • Copy of all land development permits

Review Process

Each property that is submitted to the program will go through a two-step review before a decision is made whether to pursue it for acquisition. The Board of County Commissioners appointed a 15-member citizen advisory committee, named the Conservation Lands Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee (CLASAC), to recommend which properties will be pursued for acquisition. CLASAC conducts a minimum of four meetings in the review process: two full meetings and two sub-committee meetings.

The following links describe the initial review and secondary review process, and samples are provided the initial and secondary review forms. You are encouraged to nominate your property if you believe that your property may be eligible. The CLASAC review process will take approximately 1-2 months for the initial screening and 1-2 months for the secondary review.

Property Nomination Form


Legacy Program

A brochure explaining how to have a Conservation 20/20 Preserve named after loved ones or areas with historic cultural significance. The Legacy Program is an incentive program to attract owners of exceptional conservation land to preserve it for future generations honoring family heritage or area culture.


For additional details on the Legacy Program see Ordinances and Resolutions