Landscape conservation takes money: how conservation easements are revolutionizing habitat protection and management in the United States
When land is privately or communally-owned, the self-interests of the property owners dictate the fate of the land. For some, generating money is the top priority; for others, keeping the land intact for future generations drives all decisions. One tool serves both needs while preserving private property rights, communal sovereignty and the ability for landowners to generate income from hunting, eco-tourism and compatible agricultural production. Voluntary legal extinguishment of development rights (Conservation Easements), either purchased or charitably-donated, create the financial incentives ...
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