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Beyond Agricultural Conservation Easements: Ensuring the Future of Agricultural Production

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2013
Author: 
Jane Ellen Hamilton

We all have a deep connection to agriculture; whether because, as Mr. Berry points out, we all eat, or because we value the other important qualities that agricultural producers and their land provide our communities: dollars for local economies, scenic views, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration and cultural values. For these reasons, America’s land trusts have embraced conservation of agricultural lands.

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The Oilman Knocks

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Winter 2009
Author: 
Sheila McGrory-Klyza

When the oilman knocks on a landowner’s door offering a multi-thousand dollar a month lease, it is hard to say no. Unfortunately, landowners sometimes hastily sign contracts without being fully informed or aware of potential repercussions. Even many attorneys are not familiar with the issues.

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Pulling from the Ranks: Land trusts Shape Volunteers into Leaders

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2010
Author: 
Peter Lane

The economic downturn has brought new challenges to many land trusts, making it easy to forget that times of upheaval also offer opportunities for creativity and transformation.

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Ranching into the Future

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2010
Author: 
June Hussey

Ranching and farming throughout the country are essential to maintaining local and regional agricultural economies and preserving rural heritage and culture. For generations, ranchers and farmers have been some of the best land stewards around, and their working landscapes can help sustain plant and wildlife habitat.

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The Retirement Bomb

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2011
Author: 
Brenda Lind

How does the land trust community replace its best leaders?

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Planning for Management of Fee Lands

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Summer 2012
Author: 
JoAnn Albert and Lisa Smith

William Erby Smith’s bequest of 365-acre Wau-Ke-Na is the largest of Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s preserves and includes forests, fields, streams, ponds, bluffs and beaches.