In their own words, landowners and community leaders describe why conservation matters
What do a vintner, conservation commissioner, and tree farmer have in common? They’ve all partnered with the Southeast Land Trust to permanently conserve critical open spaces and have shared their story through videos just released on the web. The videos speak about land conservation through the voice of local farmer Frank Reinhold of Lee’s Flag Hill Winery, community leader Alison Watts of Newfields, and tree farmer Jerry Langdon of Epping. To view a video, just click on the links below!
The Southeast Land Trust works in partnership with communities to conserve significant lands and natural resources. This short video outlines the effort to conserve the 330-acre Piscassic Greenway in Newfields, once slated for a 102-lot subdivision. Alison Watts, Newfields resident and Conservation Commission member, explains how the town benefited from partnering with the Southeast Land Trust. The property was conserved in 2006 by the Town, Southeast Land Trust, and Trust for Public Land, and is now owned by the Southeast Land Trust subject to a conservation easement held by the Town of Newfields.
Land conservation is a voluntary partnership between a landowner and a land trust, community, or government agency. Landowners, citizens, and communities may have similar reasons for protecting special places. Depending on a landowner's goals and the natural resources of the property, there are several methods for long-term conservation, including conservation easements, deed restrictions, or transferring full ownership to the Southeast Land Trust. Read more: How We Protect Land
A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement between a landowner (the Grantor) and an eligible conservation organization or agency (the Grantee) that permanently restricts future development of a property.Read more: Conservation Easements Explained
New Video Highlights Benefits of Land Conservation from a Farmer's Perspective
The Southeast Land Trust works with farmers and communities to conserve working farmland, ensuring that current and future generations can enjoy locally grown, fresh food and agricultural products. Learn about how Flag Hill Winery in Lee and Epping was conserved in 2004 through a conservation easement purchased by the Southeast Land Trust. Landowner and winery operator Frank Reinhold explains his decision to protect his family land, how he used the proceeds of the easement sale to expand his winery and distillery business, and offers his advice on what landowners considering a conservation easement should think about.
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