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Court Throws Lifeline to Pipeline Opposition

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

Kentucky land trusts had a big win in court when an appeals court found that Bluegrass Pipeline developers cannot use the power of eminent domain to acquire pipeline easements.

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Heroic Defense of the Land and Ethics

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Leslie Ratley-Beach

“We have a duty and we couldn’t shirk it,” Lyme Land Conservation Trust Executive Director George Moore told the reporters. Faced with a violation, the land trust sued.

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Troublesome Neighbors: Third Party Trespass and Standing

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

The proverb “Good fences make good neighbors” may be intentionally ambiguous, but as far as land trusts are concerned, clear boundaries should be anything but ambiguous. Unfortunately, individuals who own property adjacent to conserved land sometimes, intentionally or not, fail to respect boundaries. They might trespass on the land or claim to have the right to enforce the easement on their neighbor’s property.

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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?