Please find below a list of questions people have brought to our
attention, and corresponding answers and explanations. If you would like
further clarification on any of these topics or have additional questions,
please e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is DU buying and selling property?
2. How are these land acquisitions funded?
3. Is all land sold back into private ownership?
4. Who can purchase Grasslands for Tomorrow properties?
5. What are the restrictions/easements placed upon the land?
6. How does Ducks Unlimited select lands to purchase?
7. Can people donate land to Ducks Unlimited?
8. How can I find out about future sales?
Question: Why is DU buying and selling property?
Answer: Acquiring land for short-term ownership is one
of the strategies DU is using to fully implement our mission. DU can do this through either acquiring an easement (via
purchase or donation) or acquiring the land.
Through easements, we purchase or gain through donation, only those rights
that are needed to maintain the habitat desired on the landscape. When
we buy land, we hold all the rights for a time. We then sell all rights,
or just those needed to protect the habitat desired, to an agency or other
entity (e.g., U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) for safekeeping. Any remaining
rights are auctioned off to another buyer via our auction site-which provides
a good venue for selling property.
Our buy/sell strategy is an innovative way to cost-effectively protect
important waterfowl habitat from being degraded or destroyed. DU purchases
land from willing landowners, paying market value based on independent
appraisal. DU then restores the conservation values of
the property, protects the land with perpetual conservation easements,
and finally recuperates all or part of its initial capital investment by
selling the land. Dollars raised from the sale of the fully protected land
are then available for further land purchases.
Question: How are these land acquisitions funded?
Event, dinner, and membership dollars are NOT
used to purchase property. Money for land acquisitions comes from special
capital gifts given for the purpose of purchasing land.
Question: Is all land sold back into private ownership?
No, in fact priority is given to state and federal
agencies interested in a property. While some tracts of land will be
sold to conservation buyers, DU
has sold most of the
land purchased and restored to-date to state and federal wildlife agencies.
Additionally, 'private ownership' does not always mean it is being sold
to sportsmen or hunting interests. For instance, one tract in South Dakota
was sold to a local rancher for long-term stewardship. In all cases, DU
the conservation values of the land are permanently protected before
selling to any buyer.
Question: Who can purchase Grasslands for Tomorrow
offers land to conservation
buyers via its auction site, anyone can submit a bid to buy the property.
Paramount in the plans for the land sales is that no individual be given
preference. Several things go into making sure this is the case. First, DU
created the Conservation Land Directory, which is an auction-based system
that allows individuals to bid on property that is being offered up for
sale. The auction format is a fair and open way to ensure that DU
not show favoritism and that land is sold for, at minimum, fair market
Question: What are the restrictions/easements placed
upon the land?
sells land, conservation
easements are placed upon the property, which perpetually protect the
conservation values and character of the property. All wetlands are protected
by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) wetland easements, preventing
wetlands from being drained and degraded. Both native and restored prairies
are protected with USFWS grassland easements, which prevent the land
from being plowed, and restrict haying until on or after July 15th of
every year. Grazing is permitted at any time, however DU
to work with buyers to establish good grazing practices.
Question: How does Ducks Unlimited select lands to
A science-based approach is used to identify
lands that DU
might consider purchasing. Areas with
the potential for high densities of breeding ducks and large tracts of
remaining grassland are preferred. DU
land that already provides valuable waterfowl habitat, but is at high-risk
of cultivation or development.
purchases land as a last resort. DU
rather see landowners enroll their land in permanent grassland and wetland
easement programs, foregoing the need for DU
the land. However, there are times when the landowners choose not to
place easements on their land and, instead, choose to sell their property.
If the land contains valuable waterfowl habitat, DU
contact the landowner to make an offer for the land. In other cases the
landowner contacts DU
pays full market price for the land, based on an independent appraisal.
Question: Can people donate land to Ducks Unlimited?
Yes, people can, and do, donate land to DU
People often bequeath land to DU in their wills, or give land to DU for
conservation or tax purposes. Additionally, non-conservation properties,
buildings, and other assets can be donated to DU
then sells those assets and uses the proceeds for
work in high priority areas for waterfowl.
Question: How can I find out about future sales?
plans to advertise future
sales in the DU
Magazine and one can always visit the
Conservation Land Directory page at www.ducks.org/landsales
view current and upcoming sales.