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Building Trust: Avoid Violations by Reaching Out to Successor Landowners

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Fall 2011
Author: 
Kimberly Seese

For years, your land trust has collaborated with the landowners of a protected parcel to provide good stewardship of the land and avoid potential conflicts. They’re fourth-generation farmers who appreciate the value of good soil as much as you do, and their love of the land has been passed down from generation to generation.

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Built to Last: Reflections on the Enduring, Permanent Nature of Land

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Fall 2012
Author: 
Blair Fitzsimons

When my mother-in-law passed away and we sold her house, in her kitchen sat the same fridge — in perfect working condition — that was installed 40 years earlier when the house was built. As I ran my hand over the relic, I wondered how many times I have replaced my own fridge, obviously a much newer model. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. Nothing is built to last anymore.

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An Ounce of Prevention: Head off Future Violations with an Interpretation Letter

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2008
Author: 
Sheila McGrory-Klyza

Although conservation easements are written to last forever, most land trusts would agree that it is impossible to foresee every situation that may arise in the future. How can land trusts handle this ambiguity and prevent costly, time-consuming violations from occurring?

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In Favor Of: How a Land Trust Won a Half Million Dollar Judgement

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2008
Author: 
Sheila McGrory-Klyza

In a David and Goliath victory for land conservation, a small land trust in upstate New York won in a big way in the arena of conservation defense.

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Adverse Possession: This Land is Whose Land?

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Winter 2010
Author: 
Sheila McGrory-Klyza

Whenever two parcels of land share a common boundary, disputes are sure to happen. These disputes often result in an adverse possession claim, one of the more common challenges that landowners, and land trusts, face

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Conservation Defense and Enforcement in the Land Trust Community

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Winter 2011
Author: 
Dr. Adena R. Rissman

Acquiring land and easements is just the beginning. Protection requires ongoing monitoring and enforcement, especially now that the legal challenges facing land trusts are increasing. To provide a more systematic understanding of land trust legal challenges, the Land Trust Alliance and the University of Wisconsin Survey Center conducted a national survey of randomly selected local and regional land trusts in 2008.