Webinar to Explore Conservation Easements

6/14/2014 7:00 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Conservation easements and their role in enhancing the landscapes of Pennsylvania communities will be the topic of a Web-based seminar in a land-use series offered by Penn State Extension.

Presenting the 75-minute webinar — noon, June 18 — will be John Turack, Extension educator in Westmoreland County, Andrew Loza, executive director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, and Donald Bailey, executive director of the Chester County Planning Commission.

Conservation easements are increasingly being used by private land trusts and governments to limit certain uses of land for the purpose of achieving a particular conservation objective, while keeping the land in the landowner’s control, Turack said.

“An introduction to conservation easements will be discussed as well as how Chester County is utilizing conservation easements to preserve agricultural lands, open space and natural areas, stream bank corridors, and nationally significant historic landscapes,” he said. “Descriptions of the potential benefits for the landowner — financial and otherwise — will also be outlined.”

For more information, contact Jeff Himes at 570-724-9120 or jjh149<\ //agsci.psu.edu/land-use-webinar to register.

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