Whose Conservation? How Land Trusts Negotiate the Relationship Between Conservation Easement Acquisition Decisions and Growth and Development Interests
The Western region of the United States has experienced above average population growth rates since at least the 1970s. Much of this growth has been attributed to the great quantity of natural amenities, such as wide open landscapes with scenic mountain views and recreational opportunities. Land trusts and the use of conservation easements have also emerged alongside this growth, as new and prominent forms of conservation. Through these conservation efforts, growth interests are seen to benefit through increased growth and economic development; communities are seen to benefit through increased ...
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