The LandCAN is a comprehensive resource for farmers, foresters, ranchers and other private landowners who wish to make more responsible, sustainable decisions about the use and future of their properties. To enable this, we offer a variety of resources on private land ownership, including informative articles and a searchable directory of conservation programs and professionals throughout the country.
Follow the links below to find out more about our various information resources, which cover private sector conservation products and professionals. LandCAN covers many topics in conservation; from carbon credits and conservation markets to government grants and assistance programs. Don’t forget to visit our blog, too, where we go deeper into the issues that affect landowners and rural residents across the country, or subscribe to the LandCAN newsletter where we touch on the current issues in land conservation today.
Farmers.gov will have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs.
Conservation is about more than “saving the earth” or having a “green agenda.” Rather, it’s about restoring a balance that’s being upset as people lose their connection to rural areas. What’s often lost in the drive to urbanize is the fact that forests, wetlands, mountain ranches and farms all continue to play important roles in our societies, ecosystems, and way of life. Maintaining them is essential for food security and ensuring the future availability of clean water and air. Failure to take steps now to protect these lands against responsibly calculated sprawling development can have drastic consequences.
As a private landowner, there are things you can do today to make a positive change in the world. These include donating a portion of your property to a land trust or easement, or working to prevent soil erosion, manage wildlife and harvest crops more responsibly on your property. Learn more by browsing our website or using the LandCAN Library to learn more about land and energy conservation. You can also use our Private Landowner Toolbox, which provides links to online apps that let you measure your carbon production, perform cost/benefit analyses and get up-to-date tax information.
Sustainable land conservation is not a quick fix, but rather an ongoing way of life. To ensure this work continues for years to come, consider doing advance estate planning that specifies what you want to happen to your property in the future. It’s never too early to make these important decisions — doing so can potentially save your loved ones a great hassle and expense, while also ensuring your wishes are respected. Explore your options with estate planning and management and take the first steps today.
The Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Falmouth, Maine. Since 2000, we have been providing online tools for farmers, foresters, ranchers and other landowners. In addition to maintaining a national land conservation directory, we also manage virtual conservation centers for Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi and the greater Houston area and several other projects.
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