Agricultural Lands Preservation Program
The Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Preservation Districts offer landowners tax benefits, right to farm protection and the opportunity to sell easements under the program (est. 1991). Landowners may place land in Agricultural Preservation Districts for at least ten years, or may sell easements, in the form of development rights. In return, landowners receive tax benefits, right to farm protection, and sale price of rights to land. Over 122,000 acres have been covered by this program since its inception, and approximately 53,783 acres are now permanently protected through the purchase of preservation easements. The program has spent $55 million for the purchase of preservation easements.
Note: This program is focused on preserving farming practices, however, it is intended to have some beneficial effect on wildlife in keeping land as open space.

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