To provide leadership for responsible development. To preserve the charm and character of Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro.
Land Bank acts as a catalyst to promote the best use of land for the benefit of the two towns. Land Bank works closely with the communities to expand land conservation while striving to meet the social and recreational goals outlined in master plans and other surveys.
A GUIDE FOR RESPONSIBLE GROWTH
AN ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Who are we?
Land Bank directors are year-round residents of the two towns and represent a diversity of business and professional backgrounds.
See Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about our organization.
Over the past several decades we have had many successes. Our Projects page has descriptions of some of these accomplishments.
You Can Help
- Discuss the concept of Land Bank with family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances.
- Give us feedback on the various ways that you and others might contribute to conservation and/ or the appropriate development of our region to preserve its character for present and future generations.
- Consider the tax advantages of donating money or selling or donating an easement to Land Bank. Typically, the value that is attributed to a conservation or view easement is a tax-deductible contribution.
Contact Us Now To Donate
We are always seeking new projects to direct or facilitate.
Please contact us now if you would like to participate.
Call one of our directors or e-mail us.
01 What does Land Bank do?
Land Bank acquires and holds donated and purchased land. We then give or sell these parcels to organizations that are committed to meeting community needs. While the acquisition of land may continue to be part of future strategies, Land Bank will place more emphasis on facilitating the transfer of ownership or placing conservation easements.
02 What is a conservation easement?
A conservation easement is a legal document that permanently protects a piece of land. The landowner can continue to use the land as long as the use does not conflict with easement restrictions. Easements often encourage forestry and agriculture while prohibiting development. The land remains on the tax rolls, usually at a low current use rate. Easements differ, depending on the landowner’s desires and needs. They can be donated or sold. Tax benefits may accrue to the landowner.
03 Who decides on the best use for Land Bank's land?
With input from landowners, professional planners, planning boards, conservation commissions and community leaders, Land Bank directors decide the best use for a piece of land.
04 Do the directors gain any financial benefit from Land Bank?
No. Land Bank is a voluntary organization without paid staff. Directors receive no financial benefit.
05 Are contributions to Land Bank tax deductible?
Your contribution qualifies as a tax-deductible contribution since Land Bank is a 501(c)(3) organization.
06 Does Land Bank pay taxes to the community?
Yes. Land Bank pays taxes on the property it holds.
07 Can Land Bank benefit me?
Yes. Land Bank can help you establish an easement, arrange for a bargain sale, or set up planned giving for your estate. You can benefit yourself and your community at the same time.
08 How does Land Bank work with the public?
Representatives of Land Bank meet with those interested in changing the status of their land. We do this in a manner that reflects both the interests of the land owners and those of the communities that Land Bank serves. We can discuss the pros and cons of various options and make suggestions for the next steps in a friendly, non-binding manner. When needed and requested, we suggest and arrange consultation with appropriate experts.
Land Bank Affiliations
- Land bank works closely with the Conservation Commissions of Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro and with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and Moose Mountains Regional Greenways. Representatives from both conservation commissions serve on our board as does the former Property Adaptor for the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.