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Finding Farmland


A farmer's guide to working with land trusts.
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Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative Guidelines


Coastal forests in Louisiana have long been recognized as valuable for the goods and services that they provide. However, since coastal forests have become increasingly vulnerable to pressures from natural and anthropogenic forces, these critical habitats are in danger of being lost.
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Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities


Many rural communities are facing challenges, including rapid growth at metropolitan edges, declining rural populations, and loss of working lands.
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Designing a Conservation Easement Amendment Policy


How to can a land trust official identify and comply with legal restraints to amendment?  How can necessary flexibility be built into the easement document?  This paper reflects the earnest desire of an ardent conservationist to take full advantage of opportunities for flexibility that can be found within the law, recognizing that the needs of land ownership and the land itself, are by their nature subject to continual change.
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Tools For Reducing High Property Taxes in Maine.


Many owners of real estate in coastal Maine are facing dramatic increases in their property taxes as a result of municipal revaluations, especially those with shorefront or a water view.
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The Challenge of Maintaining Working Forests in 21st Century America


Recently I made a presentation to the Society of American Foresters (SAF) at their annual conference. My overall theme was that working forests, not wilderness areas and parks, are the prospective foundations of our prosperity in the 21st century.
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Protecting Nature, Harvesting Timber


How different conservation groups got into managing forestland, and the lessons they've learned. 
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Excerpts from California's Wildlife Action Plan applicable to Private Landowners


We have done the work combing through the California Plan and excerpting all of the sections that are relevant to the needs and interested of private landowners.
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Alternatives to Real Estate Development Deriving Financial Benefits from Conservation and Mitigation Projects in Virginia - a Lender's Collateral Concerns


In the current economic environment, landowners previously contemplating development or sale of their real property are seeking alternative ways to generate cash flow from their real property assets.
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Forever Donation


A landowner recently asked us: What is the best way to ensure that the land I donate is not sold? We put the question to the land trust community and it generated quite a bit of activity on the land trust listserv.
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Transferring Wealth through Land Conservation


The United States is about to experience its largest-ever intergenerational transfer of wealth: more than $10 trillion are expected to change hands in the next 10 to 20 years.
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Amos' Reading List


Take a look through Amos' reading list.

 

CALFED and the Bay-Delta Accord: Beginnings of an Integrated Approach to Water Policy and Use


California’s water wars are legendary, the stuff of books and the Hollywood drama, Chinatown, and they’ve been fought largely in agricultural ditches and the courts up until the creation of CALFED in 1994.

 

Hunters: A Force for Conservation


Hunting seasons are starting to open, making this a great time to commemorate the important role that hunters play in habitat conservation.
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Massachusetts Court Clarifies Forest Property Tax Exemption


In the Massachusetts Supreme Court case New England Forestry Foundation v. Board of Assessors of Hawley the Court found that a parcel of forestland NEFF owns is eligible for a full exemption from property taxes.
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Green versus gray: Nature's solutions to infrastructure demands


Investors are increasingly considering the importance of green infrastructure solutions in saving the environment. 
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Tara Wildlife Doing Business as a Sustainable Recreation Destination


Renowned for its hunting, Tara Wildlife also offers birding, hiking and a well-equipped conference and recreation facility.
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Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts


Land trusts across the country are preserving agricultural lands to support local food systems. 
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Search our Partner Database of Conservation Success Stories

Cooperative Conservation AmericaWhat is Cooperative Conservation America? CCA is a public forum for collecting and sharing the cooperative conservation stories, lessons, models and achievements of all Americans. It provides citizen conservationists from every walk of life an opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a common pool of conservation knowledge, tools, and practices - a cumulative and evolving database of information that will advance citizen stewardship, foster community-based conservation, encourage and support the vital role of private lands and landowners, and expand and strengthen shared governance in the care and conservation of America's lands, waters, and wildlife.

 

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