We specialize in appraising properties throughout the Southeastern U.S. for conservation, environmentally sensitive lands and those with historical significance. Types of appraisals and appraisal reviews we perform are for conservation and historic easements, charitable contributions of real estate and personal property, bargain sales, mitigation banks, federal and state land acquisition (Yellowbook) and those used for estate planning that may involve federal tax benefits to the property owner.  Our professional staff has significant appraisal, ad valorem taxation, real estate brokerage, forestry, wildlife biology, construction and land planning experience which leads to a better understanding of highest and best use of real estate and makes us uniquely qualified to assist you in making important decisions about your property. We also provide expert witness testimony, presentations on conservation easements and unique appraisal issues, and turnkey project facilitation on large and complicated appraisal assignments.

Barber and Mann appraised what is arguably the largest conservation easement charitable donation (in value and acreage) of land owned by a single individual and located along the banks of the Mississippi River.   From January 1, 2001 to June 15, 2015, we appraised over 400,000 acres of conservation land for our 170 clients with a donation value of over $510 million.

Our appraisal assignment areas extend from the Ozarks and Great Smoky Mountains to the tidal marshes of South Carolina and the northern Gulf of Mexico. Lands appraised include river and coastal islands, mountains, trout streams, barrier islands, coastal marshes, major river bottomlands, farmlands, forestlands, recreational properties, high-end developments, mitigation properties, public lands, historic properties, estates, industrial lands in reverse development to conservation, existing easements and many types.

For charitable, conservation easement or estate matters, it is critical to hire a qualified appraiser with a general appraisers’ license who has experience in valuing environmentally and historically sensitive properties. With an extensive data base of recreation, timber, wetland, island, agriculture, beach, river front and other property sales and an experienced and educated appraisal staff, the Barber and Mann team is prepared to help you with your special appraisal needs.

Resources and More Information

About Conservation Easements by Gerald Barber

Conservation Easement Appraisal Red Flags and Qualified Appraiser Requirements

Visit Land Trust Alliance website at, contact us at 601-957-3443 or email Ray Kinney for more information on:

  • Conservation Easements
  • Historic Preservation Easements
  • Charitable Contributions of Real Estate and Personal Property
  • Bargain Sales
  • Public Land Acquisition
  • Appraisal Review