River Trust, a charitable, 501(c)(3) organization, works only with
private, willing landowners to find ways to preserve the Mississippi
River watershed's rich history, prairies, red clay hills, bottomlands
and bayous, coastal savannas, longleaf pine forests and scenic rivers
tool for land conservation is a conservation easement. It is an
alternative to selling the land for development. A conservation
easement will allow a willing landowner to retain ownership of the
land, protect important environmental or historical assets of the
land from future development and obtain certain tax advantages.
in 2002, the purposes of the Mississippi River Trust are:
(1) To conserve
the ecology and natural environment of the Mississippi River Valley
from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico by encouraging landowners to
donate land and interests in land for conservation purposes;
(2) To consult
and work with governmental and private agencies on conservation
and planning problems as they relate to the Mississippi River Valley,
and promote the responsible use of land and water resources in order
to serve the ecological, scenic, economic and recreational needs
of the people of the Mississippi River Valley;
(3) To acquire
and hold title to land and conservation interests in land in the
watershed of the Mississippi River directly and in cooperation with
other land trusts and government agencies in order to ensure the
benefits of land protected from industrial, commercial, and residential
(4) To educate
the public about the conservation of fish, wildlife, and plants,
and encourage them to become responsible stewards of the Mississippi
River Valley's natural resources.
(5) To educate
the public and private landowners about the conservation options
available to landowners.
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