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MARCH 2013

10 Preserving Farmland For Clarke’s Future

What’s a conservation easement?

A) A technique for maintaining the state or feeling of comfort or peace, as in the archaic “time brings easement.”

B) A voluntary, legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents development from taking place on a piece of property now and in the future.

C) A device for easily keeping (or conserving) things, as with a photo album.

No points, if you guessed C. Partial credit for guessing A, as people who grant conservation easements often fi nd great peace of mind. A gold star for knowing that a conservation easement is a way for landowners to voluntarily donate or sell some of the rights to their land to protect its environmental, agricultural, or historic values. Since the inception of conservation easements in 1960, they have become the most important tool for land conservation in America—especially in Clarke County.

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