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Family donates 60 wooded acres via easement

There can be many ways to honor your loved one after they pass away. Depending on the interests of the person and what was important to them, many like to donate to a certain cause. For one a Massachusetts family, a recent report noted that they agreed that nothing was more important to their passed loved one than a 60-acre parcel of wooded nature. In her honor, it's been donated by means of an easement.

The main goal of the land donation was to ensure that the land is never built on, say for a commercial housing development, for example. According to the family, the land was the spot for their family cabin, and was purchased by earlier generations in the 1920's for the purpose of enjoying nature and getting away from the city. The easement ensures that they and any future owners with be prohibited from developing the land.

What's great is that the values of the loved one can be passed on, as the land will stay in pristine condition. Free of modern developments, the land featuring heavily wooded acreage, creeks and stream and plenty of nature, can stay as the loved one intended it was best to be.

A local conservancy will look after the land, which is meant to be enjoyed by nature lovers for years to come. There are certain tax benefits to donating land into easements as well. However, the real goal for the family was to allow their loved one's hopes for the land to live on, past their lifetime and beyond.

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